Podcasting app and web service Stitcher will close on 29 August, according to an FAQ on its website.
SiriusXM platform acquired the app in 2020 for $325 million. The shutting move aims to attract its user base into the broader.
“SiriusXM, the owner of Stitcher, is focused on incorporating podcasts into its flagship SiriusXM subscription business,” the closure note read.
It added: “Subscribers can listen to podcasts within the SiriusXM app and will see an all-new listening experience later this year.”
As per the statement, Stitcher Studios and its Earwolf comedy network will continue making podcasts.
Stitcher highlighted that “hosts/creators will determine availability and accessibility of their shows.” The company recommended users follow their favorite podcast creators on social media to learn the fate of individual programs.
Stitcher’s original podcasts include Freakonomics Radio, The Video Archives Podcast with Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary, LeVar Burton Reads, and Science Rules! With Bill Nye (among others). The app is known for its user-friendly navigation, wide-spanning library, and discovery recommendations.
In 2008, the company business was a startup that is focused on its listening app. Deezer bought it in 2014 and sold it to Midroll Media two years later.
Finally, Parent company E.W. Scripps Company sold it to SiriusXM in 2020.