Stitcher has unveiled a new look for its podcast app, which comes with several useful features and upgrades. The service says the revamped web, iOS and Android app offers better user control and navigation, as well as a more streamlined design.
You’ll be able to organize shows the way you want in custom categories and see recent and unfinished episodes, plus all your favorite downloads and podcasts in My Podcasts. Using filters, you will be able to view only downloaded, unplayed, or liked episodes of a given podcast, or you can sort episodes by date. The app has a particularly handy sorting feature that lets you view podcasts by episode length, so you can find one to burn with the time you have to listen.
Finally, you can select which shows you want to automatically download episodes for and how many of them you want to keep on your device at a time. There is a slider that will also allow you to adjust the playback speed. Stitcher has also reworked the Alexa and Sonos integrations, so the smart speaker playback should be a bit more robust.
A public beta of the redesigned mobile and web app is available now, and Stitcher plans to roll it out more widely in the coming months. Time will tell if the redesign can help Stitcher better compete with Spotify and Apple Podcasts, but the cleaner look can’t hurt its chances. It’s been a big week for Stitcher, like SiriusXM finalized his acquisition of the service a few days ago.
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