Popular radio and podcast streaming app Stitcher has made the leap to version 3.1 today, and while it hasn't picked up many new features along the way, the few it has are doozies: a new navigation menu makes it easier to get around the app, and you can now designate entire playlists for offline listening. This means you can start streaming at the comfort of your office desk and walk out for lunch without your listening session coming to an abrupt and jarring end.

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A hard to miss "Available Offline" button now resides in the top right corner of the app, just under the action bar. Toggling this switch will tell your playlist to download in the background while you have a WiFi connection.

The new drawer navigation works as you would expect. Just swipe from the left to bring up a relatively sparse main menu. It's clean, and it gets the job done.

What's new:

  • Offline Listening Mode - Set any of your playlists to be available offline and these lists will automatically update in the background, making them accessible for listening whether you're on a plane, in the subway or riding your bike in the middle of nowhere.
  • Drawer Navigation - Swipe right from the left edge to access Stitcher's main menu.
  • Key usability improvements and crash fixes

As far as this update goes, that's it really. It's available in the Play Store, so have at it.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Dani

    How does it compare to DoggCatcher regarding the experience listening podcasts?

  • Pratik Holla

    Switched to pocket casts long time ago because stitcher didnt have the offline capabilities. Will check this out.

  • Just Jon

    Now if only the app closed properly when clicking the x in notifications or had an Exit entry in the menu...