RSS reader without the need for Google

Discussion in 'iPad' started by tezro, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. tezro macrumors regular

    tezro

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    I am looking for a RSS reader which does not require a Google login.
    Been looking for one but they seem the need a google account login. Why???

    All I want is to add RSS feed URL's and read them like I can in Mail in Mac OS X.
     
  2. QuarterSwede, Mar 23, 2012
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    QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    A lot of the major ones have converted over to using Google Reader because it allows being synced to. Ex. I have Reeder on my Mac and Reeder on my iPhone and they both sync to Google Reader so no matter where I'm reading my RSS feeds (Mac or iPhone) I'm always in sync. It's a big advantage.

    I tried looking for RSS readers that didn't require a Google account but couldn't find any. If giving Google your info is a problem you could always create an account and only setup Google Reader and use it for nothing else. You could even use fake personal info.
     
  3. tezro thread starter macrumors regular

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    I can see that being handy, but why force people to?
    Feedler won't even let you get any further if you don't enter an account...
     
  4. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    I imagine it's because it's a lot easier to program an app to sync with Google Reader than write all the RSS checking code yourself. *shrugs*
     
  5. tezro thread starter macrumors regular

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    I guess.

    Was looking at xfeed on AppStore.
    Not updated since somewhere in 2010 and only one rating.
    One star. Reason? It does not include google sync, so according to the rater it rendered it useless......
     
  6. BigB117 macrumors member

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    Because google reader is awesome, and having all your feeds synced between multiple devices is awesome.

    I use Reeder on iphone, Reeder on ipad, and Google reader on my PC. It's fantastic.

    Oh, and you can also get Reeder for mac which I hear is nice as well.
     
  7. tezro thread starter macrumors regular

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    Very nice, but does Mail (the build in mail client from Mac os x) have google reader sync capabilities?
     
  8. IllIllIll macrumors 6502a

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    What's wrong with having a Google Reader account? Many iPad RSS readers simply use Google Reader as a conduit to sync feeds between all your devices.

    Pulse and Flipboard are fantastic RSS readers, by the way. As well as Reeder and Feeddler.
     
  9. anjinha macrumors 604

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    Pulp doesn't use Google and they have their own service if you want to sync with the Mac app.
     
  10. rkdiddy macrumors 65816

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    Have you tried Pulse News or Flipboard? Have both and love them.
     
  11. tezro thread starter macrumors regular

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    I will check those out.

    Did look wat Fliphboard already, but found the screenshots to be kinda bloated.
    But perhaps it's not as bad as it seems.

    Haven't seen Pulp at all yet.
     
  12. MattT macrumors newbie

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    Nothing necessarily wrong with it. It just could be tezro has decided Google knows enough about him and doesn't need to know any more just because he wants to follow some other sites' RSS feeds. At least, that's why I'm looking for the same thing.

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    Forgot to add:

    NetNewsWire is one of the oldest RSS readers for the Mac. I used it a long time ago before switching to Google Reader, and, while I'll check out the other suggestions in the thread, I think I've settled on it again now that I'm trying to de-Google-fy my life.

    Note: It can sync with Google Reader, but it doesn't have to to work.
     
  13. psonice macrumors 6502a

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    I use newsblur.com instead of google reader now. It's much better! Plus it has some respect for my privacy which google seems to have forgotten about.

    Only catch: there's an iPhone app but no iPad version yet. I understand that it's on the way though.
     
  14. ajvizzgamer101 macrumors 65816

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    My cousin and I (Alternative Visuals) created a RSS reader called Gazette!. It was basically created out of frustration of other RSS readers. I disliked the Ads, I dislike Google Reader, I disliked being limited to the three columns and not being able to just scroll like Google Reader. You can import Google OPML file and never need Google Reader again. But I am going to be honest though, Gazette is great but not as perfect as I wanted it to be. That's why I plan to give it a nice big update for both performance and design later in the year. Only problem is my cousin hates RSS readers and he is the programmer... so if we can get people to email contact@alternativevisuals.com about features they want in Gazette! 2.0 my cousin will work with me on making a better Gazette! Everyone who emails will get a free copy as a thanks.
     
  15. tezro thread starter macrumors regular

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    Gazette sounds good to me :)

    However, I've decided to return the iPad to the store.
    I just can't get used to the way it works in general.

    The iPad itself may be a great device, and I can see people wanting pads (not just the iPad) in general but for me it keeps making me feel I miss something. A full OS beneath it like Mac OS X in my case.
    It just feels too restrained.

    I did end up trying Feeddler, or whatever, and even set up the Google Reader part. It works OK-ish.

    Anyway, I am bringing the iPad back for a full refund (can do that within two weeks in my country) and will safe further till the next MacBook Air comes out.
    I still have my MacBook Pro, so I am not in a hurry.

    Thanks for the replies all.
     
  16. Abazigal macrumors 604

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    What about flipboard?

    I do notice that sites like cnet seem to update faster on the rss google feed than on flipboard though. :p
     
  17. tezro thread starter macrumors regular

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    Flipboard is too much. The nice thing about RSS, is that in most cases you get a small part of the full article. Bit like a headline, and perhaps a little bit more.

    It also means I can easily go through all feeds.
    Flipboard may look nice, but it's not small in use. If you get what I mean.
     

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