Third-Party RSS Readers-- Which ones are ready for the Google Reader shutdown?
The Google Reader shut down is imminent, and RSS app developers are scrambling to move their apps away from the Google sync service. Some third-party apps have selected Feedly or Feedbin to drive their syncing, while others have decided to go it alone with their own syncing solution. Still others have decided to become a standalone reader with no syncing until they have time to evaluate which syncing service is the best for their customers.
Here is a list of popular third-party RSS reading software and their current syncing status:
iOS Reader Apps
Mr. Reader [iPad; $3.99] Syncs with BazQux Reader, Feedbin, FeedHQ, Feedly, Feed Wrangler and Fever.
Reeder for iPhone [iPhone; Free] Syncs with Feedbin and Fever now. Also standalone/local RSS without syncing. Feedly and Feed Wrangler (No support for smart streams yet in Reeder) in version 3.2, which is pending approval. Update: Reeder Version 3.2 went live July 2.
Reeder for iPad [iPad; Free] App will be pulled until a new version with syncing is available.
Slow Feeds [iOS Universal; $2.99] Syncs with Feed Wrangler, Feedbin, FeedHQ and NewsBlur.
Newsify [iOS Universal; Free] Syncs with Feedly.
Byline for iPhone [iPhone; $2.99] Syncs with Feedly.
Byline Universal [iOS Universal; Free with IAP] Syncs with Feedly.
Favs [iOS Universal; $2.99] Favorites browser that syncs your private starred articles with Feedbin.
Readlines for Feedbin [iOS Universal; $0.99] Syncs with Feedbin.
Bulletin for Feedbin [iPhone; $0.99] Syncs with Feedbin.
Sunstroke [iOS Universal; $4.99] Syncs with Fever.
Ashes for Fever [iOS Universal; $7.99] Syncs with Fever.
OS X Reader Apps
Readkit for Mac [OS X; $4.99] Syncs with Fever, NewsBlur, Feedbin and Feed Wrangler. Also standalone RSS capabilities.
Favs [OS X; $9.99] Favorites browser that syncs your private starred articles with Feedbin.
Reeder for Mac [OS X; Free] App will be pulled until a new version with syncing is available.
NetNewsWire 4 [OS X; $10] NetNewsWire 4, the first version of the classic reader from current owner Black Pixel, is a standalone OS X app with mobile app syncing in the future. NetNewsWire is free to use while it is still in open beta. You can save money by pre-ordering now for $10. The app will cost $20 when the final version with syncing is released. Read our review of NetNewsWire 4.
For those who have chosen a Google Reader replacement and are looking for apps, here is a list of third-party RSS Readers organized by service.
- Feedly: Mr. Reader, Newsify, Byline for iPhone and Byline Universal. Reeder for iPhone version 3.2 with Feedly support is pending App Store approval. (Update: Reeder Version 3.2 went live July 2.)
- Feed Wrangler: Mr. Reader, Slow Feeds and Readkit for Mac. Reeder for iPhone version 3.2 with Feed Wrangler support is pending App Store approval. (Update: Reeder Version 3.2 went live July 2.)
- Feedbin: Mr. Reader , Reeder for iPhone, Slow Feeds, Favs, Readlines for Feedbin, Bulletin for Feedbin and Readkit for Mac.
- Fever: Mr. Reader , Reeder for iPhone, Sunstroke, Ashes for Fever and Readkit for Mac.
- NewsBlur: Slow Feeds.
- Standalone: Pulse, Caffeinated for Mac, Leaf RSS Reader for Mac, NetNewsWire 4 and NewsBar for iOS and OS X.
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