Now I’m going to try Stitcher, a podcatcher client for mobile devices.
This meant downloading the app to my phone (Android, Galaxy Note 3), then manually subscribing to every podcast I normally listen to. That involved opening my laptop to the Digg Reader podcast folder, searching for each title (from Analysis to Wiretap), and clicking a fat plus sign to include each one in what Stitcher calls my Favorites Playlist. Next I set “Available Offline” to ON, meaning the hard-working phone can snarf new podcasts when it’s connected to the internet by WiFi.
Over the next few weeks I’ll use this setup to download and consume podcasts.
Reflections so far:
- While Stitcher indexes lots of podcasts, it misses some that I love. SFF Audio isn’t there, for example.
- Stitcher describes itself as more of a radio than podcast service. Hm.
- I’m honestly uncomfortable with not having a stack of mp3s in a directory to examine and mess around with.
- This feels a bit like moving from Netflix DVDs to Netflix Streaming.
- The app is extremely easy to use.
- I’m nervous about data charges. Normally I download mp3s to one of my laptops over WiFi, which has no cost implications. Now I’m looking at twenty-eight (28) podcasts, some of which (examples: Clarkesworld, Hardcore History) can be pretty hefty files.
- We don’t live in cell phone range. As some of you know, Vermont has awful mobile phone coverage. We do have broadband at home, so I can charge up the phone over our home network’s WiFi. Now I’ll have to remember to top up my playlist on the go, or at least be mindful of when that occurs automatically.
- I’m not sure what the Front Page is about. Is it a generic stream, or something tailored to my listening habits, as a recommendations list?
Anyone else using Stitcher?