Long Live RSS: Google Reader Replacement Options

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With the July 1 death of Google Reader quickly approaching, it's time to stop procrastinating and move your RSS feeds to another service. The Mac Observer has been watching the RSS landscape, and here are some of the options we've found for you so far.

Feedly If you're looking for an all-in-one replacement for the Google Reader RSS service, Feedly may be your go-to solution. The service imports your Google Reader feeds without any hassle, and sports an easy to use Web interface for browsing your news feeds. There's also an official Feedly app for the iPhone and iPad you can download for free from Apple's App Store. If switching news reader apps isn't your thing, that's OK, too. The Feedly service is set up so third-party developers can shift there from Google Reader.

Feedly offers an online RSS feed management and sync serviceFeedly offers an online RSS feed management and sync service

FeedHQ Another service stepping up to fill the Google void is FeedHQ. This service supports Readability, Instapaper and Pocket, as well as social networking services for sharing content, and imports feeds from Google Reader. It's Web interface works well on desktop and mobile devices, and it's open so other developers can build apps that take advantage of FeedHQ features. FeedHQ costs US$12 a year.

FeedHQ is a Web-based alternative to Google Reader for $12 a yearFeedHQ is a Web-based alternative to Google Reader for $12 a year

Feed Wrangler Like FeedHQ, Feed Wrangler is a subscription service with a clean Web interface. You can import feeds from Google Reader, manage your feeds, and more. They also offer thier own iPhone and iPad app, have APIs available so third-party developers can make Feed Wrangler-ready apps, and are working on a Mac desktop app. Feed Wrangler costs $19 a year.

Feed Wrangler is a subscription-based RSS service with support for multiple appsFeed Wrangler is a subscription-based RSS service with support for multiple apps

Feedbin This monthly subscription service handles the features RSS junkies expect: Feed management, organization and tagging, easy feed import and export, and several developers are supporting Feedbin in their desktop and iOS apps. Feedbin costs $2 a month.

Feedbin's RSS management subscription service is open to third-party developersFeedbin's RSS management subscription service is open to third-party developers

Newsify Want an RSS reader app with a newspaper feel? That's what Newsify offers. It displays articles and posts in a clean interface, includes article graphics, and uses Feedly to sync your feeds between devices. It's a free download at the App Store.

Newsify shows the articles in your RSS feeds with a newspaper-style layoutNewsify shows the articles in your RSS feeds with a newspaper-style layout

Mr. Reader Mr. Reader is a nice option for iPad users that need some serious RSS organization power. It supports folder and feed management, artile filtering and searching, the ability to add and remove feeds, and supports Feedly and FeedHQ for cross-device syncing. Mr. Reader costs $3.99 at Apple's iTunes based App Store.

Mr. Reader loads up on features and is ready for the post-Google RSS worldMr. Reader loads up on features and is ready for the post-Google RSS world

NetNewsWire 4 Once the name in RSS feed management on the Mac, NetNewsWire looks like it's ready to make a comeback. It has powerful feed management and search support, lets you keep multiple articles open at the same time, supports sharing links via Twitter, Facebook and Instapaper, lets you tag articles, save bookmarks, and more. NetNewsWire 4 is available now as a public beta, and you can pre-order the final shipping version now for $10, which is half off the regular price.

NetNewsWire 4: Ready for a comebackNetNewsWire 4: Ready for a comeback

Reeder Versions of Reeder are available for the Mac, iPhone and iPad, and for many people this has been their first choice when reeding RSS feeds. It hasn't been updated to support feed syncing outside of Google Reader yet, but developer Silvio Rizzi has promised that changes are on the way. Reeder for iPhone supports Feedbin now, and updates for the Mac and iPad versions will come some time after July 1. For now, the Mac and iPad versions of Reeder are free, and the iPhone version costs $2.99.

Reeder for the Mac isn't ready for the post-Google world, but the iPhone version isReeder for the Mac isn't ready for the post-Google world, but the iPhone version is

Even if you're moving to a service like Feedly, Feed Wrangler, or FeedHQ, it's a good idea to backup your RSS feeds from Google Reeder before it officially shuts down on July 1. You'll need to use Google Takeout to make that happen, and TMO can show you how.

Do you have a favorite RSS app that's ready to carry on after Google Reader shuts down? Let us know in the article comments.

Comments

NovaScotian

As a long term NNW_3 user and an early payer for ad-free service when it was still under the wing of Brent Simmons, I’m very pleased with NNW_4—it really is an improvement. Black Pixel have done a good job. Now I’m waiting for the iPad version.

iMarc

I’ve chosen BazQux Reader (www.bazqux.com), which is a Russian service ($9 - $29) that looks and works like Google Reader, so it’s easy to feel comfortable with it. It’s build by a talented person who made this a very fast and reliable service. It has a API that’s 100% compatible with Google Reader, so apps only have to change the URL to support it.

Gautam Sampathkumar

Checkout SwarmIQ. Similar functionality.
Features: The ability to skim large #s of headlines, organize lots
of feeds, label them, tag articles for later reading, fast unobtrusive
“no magazine layout”.

Sign up at http://www.swarmiq.com/register/GOOGLEREADERISDEAD , click on the Google reader icon to get all your feeds, and get up and running straight away.

Disclosure: I’m on the team that built this site grin Also, we don’t have “Google Alerts” type functionality yet.

Serenak

I gave 1Kpl.us a go and it was quite good but I didn’t like it enough to start paying when the developer said he was pulling the free account option - I understand why he wants to do that, but I don’t care enough to pony up $5 a month. That said having just checked back despite the banner saying free accounts are to be discontinued still being there, my free account still appears to be working…
Anyway changed over to Netvibes which seems to work for me.

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