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Reeder and Feedbin Sitting in a Tree

When Reeder announced that it was going to support Feedbin as an RSS provider, many RSS faithful cringed their teeth. First, because nobody knows what Feedbin was. Second, because after doing a search for them, they soon realized that Feedbin was a paid RSS service. So, here we have the wounded RSS fans who are still getting over their breakup with Reader after Google pulled the plug, and now they can’t imagine paying money for RSS feeds. Welcome to the age of the internet!

However, after a few pints of ice cream and a little common sense, people started realizing that Reeder wasn’t going to ONLY support Feedbin as it’s only Reader alternative. Feedbin will be one (and the developer’s prefered) services of the app.

Of course, Reeder has always supported alternative RSS providers. They support Readability (which is no real RSS alternative) and they also support Fever, which is a service provider for a fee running on your own server. So, for Reeder to open its gates to another alternative paid service is no surprise.

As Google Reader continues to die a slow death, I’m comforted by the fact that Reeder, my favorite RSS reader app, will do right when it comes to alternatives. I for one have already made my decision and decided to drop $20 for a year’s worth of Feedbin. Though I’m only using it on the browser as of this moment until Reeder updates their app with their service, I can already tell you, it’s fantastic!

I put my money where my mouth is. The problem is people are not willing to do the same.

What has become of your feeds? Are you willing to give Feedbin a try?

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  1. I am certainly willing to pay for feedbin as a service (I do like to support developers), but will probably wait until we get closer to him having the apps updated. Any plans for a detailed review of Feedbin?

    • Sure, I can do a review. As for support, I can imagine the next update to Reeder will include the Feedbin support. I can’t use Feedbin on the office (where I work) since we are stuck in Internet Explorer 8 which can’t run a modern web application. However, it runs just fine on my iPhone screen. A bit weird, but it’s fluid and fast at the moment.
      See screenshot:

  2. Okay, I pulled the trigger. Feedly was just ticking me off too much. The one thing I will say is that I would like an option to hide all of the feeds and just list the tags. Hopefully Reeder gets its update soon.

    • That’s a fair complain. Of course, that will be fixed with the Reeder option. I’m hoping we get it sooner rather than later. With that said, I just tap on a tag and the “unread circle” to see only the unread tagged feeds I want to read. But your point is fair. It’s a bit different than Google reader on that end!