Stitcher Shuts Down After 15 Years

Stitcher Shuts Down After 15 Years

News by Roberto OrosaRoberto Orosa
Published: June 28, 2023

Podcast company Stitcher is finally shutting down after a 15-year run, the company reported Tuesday.  

In a tweet, Stitcher announced that both its app and website are slated to discontinue operations on August 29, 2023, but that it will use its Twitter account to transition to “Stitcher Studios” and continue providing updates on the podcasts within its network.  

“Thank you for giving us the opportunity over the last decade to create the best possible podcast listening experience,” it wrote. 

The company will now focus on incorporating its current lineup of podcasts into its “flagship SiriusXM subscription business.”  

Additionally, its parent company SiriusXM announced that it will continue to host Stitcher’s content, and subscribers can still listen to Stitcher podcasts from the SiriusXM app. It also teased that subscribers “will see an all-new listening experience later this year.”   

Stitcher was founded in 2008 by Noah Shanok, Mike Ghaffary, and Peter deVroede. The company once called itself the No. 1 podcast app in the U.S., with more than 14 million users during its peak.  

The podcast production company is one of many affected by the decline of the podcast industry.  

Last March, SiriusXM joined other tech giants in conducting mass layoffs, cutting roughly 500 employees from its total workforce.   

In early June, streaming giant Spotify also cut 200 employees from its Podcast Department as it moves into the “next phase” of its podcast strategy.

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