When you first start up Stitcher, it will ask you about your interests and create a “Favorites” station based on them. You can then add any of your favourite podcasts it may have missed, or you can just start listening right then and there. I found that the recommendations were pretty spot on; it already picked up a lot of the podcasts I already listened to. Then, as you listen, you can re-order episodes as they appear, thumbs up or thumbs down episodes, as well as star podcasts you want to appear regularly in your favourites playlist.
The episodes you’ve rated will influence another station, called Smart Station, that’s more geared towards recommending new shows you may like. You can also create your own custom stations if you want (if, say, you wanted to separate your technology podcasts from your political podcasts), so you have stations ready for whatever mood you’re in. If you listen to an episode in one playlist, it’ll mark itself as listened to in all of your playlists, so you don’t hear it twice unless you tap on it.
The interface is a little confusing at purposely first because there’s so much going on, but after a few minutes you’ll get the hang of how everything is set up. It’s really a new and interesting way to listen to your podcasts, and if you listen to a lot of them, it’s definitely a nice change of pace.
Stitcher Radio is a free download for iOS and Android devices.