Zite Shutting Down December 7, Recommends Flipboard to Users

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    News aggregator app Zite last night announced that it will no longer be functional past December 7, with the company encouraging fans to migrate their information and preferences over to similar app Flipboard before the deadline (via VentureBeat).

    Flipboard acquired Zite in 2014 after a competitive few years together in the social media and news aggregation app sphere, keeping it open but slowly appropriating Zite's features and services into Flipboard. Zite has been hinting at its impending closure for a few months, but kept silent on whether or not it would continue to run in the face of the Flipboard acquisition until now.

    Zite users will recieve a notification within the app, or a personalized email, of the impending closure, along with a step-by-step guide of how to migrate their data to Flipboard. All the app requires is the entry of Flipboard login information into Zite -- a Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ login will work as well -- to begin the migration process.

    Similar to the newly launched Apple News, Flipboard provides customers a one-stop shop of all their prioritized daily news services. Flipboard [Direct Link] allows a bit more personalization, however, letting users construct digital magazines of favorite stories, pictures, and breaking news and share them on social media. The app was recently updated to bring full support of the larger screen on the iPad Pro, as well.

    Article Link: Zite Shutting Down December 7, Recommends Flipboard to Users
  2. rdinterman macrumors member


    Sep 17, 2012
    Bummer, I love using Zite, and the Flipboard UI and news algorithm is not nearly as good as Zite. Neither is Apple News.
  3. Fuchal macrumors 68020

    Sep 30, 2003
  4. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    Zite is (soon to be "was") GREAT!!! I'm sad to see this. In my iPad dock where only 6 (favorite) app icons can be stored, Zite got one of those spots. I've tried Flipboard many times but always felt Zite did it better. Sad to see it go.

    Now, could those who can be objective (the segment that doesn't worship at the alter of Apple) who use or regularly use both Flipboard and Apple News offer some "which is best" input? I know how the "Apple is always right" crowd will feel but I'm interested in the views of those who can actually "think different:" which one is the best replacement for Zite for Zite-like functionality & usefulness? If neither, what is the new king of this particular hill? Much thanks to anyone (especially anyone objective) who chimes in with some helpful views.
  5. gsmornot, Nov 20, 2015
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2015

    gsmornot macrumors 68030


    Sep 29, 2014
    I started with Flipboard then later found Zite. Zite was my main reader until Flipboard bought the service. Went back to Flipboard and now to Apple News. It takes work, a lot of work, to get Apple News to feed the type of data I want but now after a few months I'm good. I don't remember the other services taking as much effort.

    Anyhow, we knew this was coming when they were bought. It was just a matter of time.

    I covered this a little in my general reply but you asked just about the same time I posted so I thought I would add a little more. I liked Zite a lot but its gone. Flipboard is not bad and neither is Apple News. They are different though. Generally I think Flipboard is a better service than Apple News but I have been using AN (Apple News) more since its built in to the OS and its one less extra app. I like the layout of Flipboard since they try really hard to simulate a magazine. The articles are fit into a few different repeating shapes and you flip through it like you would a magazine. AN on the other hand is based on horizontal lines on a continuous scrolling page. AN is row after row of links to stories that once open might be formatted nicely but all have a similar look on the main page.

    Looks aside, AN will give you something equal to what you put into the process of finding and adding news sources, Flipboard the same. Both take time to develop and shape and remove sources you don't like. Zite felt like it did that more on my behalf. I didn't have to know or force myself to know what I wanted to read, it just gave me interesting things to read about. AN and Flipboard feel more like a service that simply looks at sources you select and feeds you everything that has been updated on those sites. Hard to explain. Zite felt like discovery of stores where AN and Flipboard feel like simple feeds. Either will be about the same, it all comes down to what style you want to view the news in. I have chosen AN simply because its built in and no worse to me than Flipboard. Not saying either is bad, just different. Hope that all makes sense.
  6. BrentT macrumors member


    Oct 28, 2007
    Flipboard is inferior to Zite. Flipboard is a classic example of style over substance. It is harder to use but looks cooler doing it.
  7. Dlanod macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2008
    I use Feedly - I have tried to like Flipboard but I don't get the curated piece. With Zite all I did was say what I liked and Zite delivered content. Flipboard is just not as clever. And much more annoying with all the flipping flipping.........
  8. thunderclap macrumors 6502a

    Nov 8, 2003
    Loved Zite, don't care for Flipboard. I'll just keep using Feedly and, on occasion, Apple's News app.
  9. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Never even heard of this. How did it compare to Rantt? I mostly like Rantt for the personalized notifications - nothing else that I've tried has been anywhere near as good at sending me push messages for news I care about. Everything else either sends too many notifications, with a lot I don't care about, or too few.

    (Disclaimer: I'm one of the co-founders and developers of Rantt.)
  10. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    I've been a user of zite for close to 5 years and loved it so much. I'd tried flipboard but never liked it or got into it. I only found out about the acquisition a couple months ago a month of the "migrate to flipboard" at the top. At first I thought that was just an ironic coincidence or a sponsored ad or something. After debating it for a few days I decided to make the switch. Since all your data is migrated and they now use Zite's powerful news aggregation engine, flipboard is actually pretty good.
    So I made the switch to flipboard right around the same time as iOS 9, so I've been using them about the same length of time. I gave both of them a fair shot (and spent a fair amount of time customizing my likes in both), but I end up using flipboard 90% of the time. I find it's news (now based on the zite engine) to be much more inline with what I'm interested in. AN tends to take much longer to load at times. Also, I only use them on my iPhone, but one day I tried to use AN on my iPad, just for giggles, and it didn't have ANY of my interests saved that I took a long time accumulating. I'm not sure if I did something wrong or if it was a one-off issue, but that's what happened. There are a lot of other little niggles, but bottom line is that flipboard is my go-to news now.
  11. thefilmexciter macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2014
    Sad times. Zite was awesome. Never got on with Flipboard and too many other curated news apps use the ghastly Sky News as their source for UK news. I'm good for fear-mongering thanks.
  12. Darkashnet macrumors regular


    Jul 15, 2010
    Devon, UK
    Sad times. I use Zite everyday, and really really don't like Flipboard. Going to have to get into something else.
  13. MovingWater macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2010
    Really really sad to see Zite go. Agree with BrentT: "Flipboard is a classic example of style over substance." I have tried Flipboard multiple times and it's just awful. Flipboard should kill Flipboard and develop Zite instead, a vastly superior product. Wish there was another quality competitor than Flipboard and Apple News.
  14. Jeaz macrumors 6502


    Dec 12, 2009
    I made the switch a few months ago when the Zite app started to "beg" me to swap. I've since gone from using Zite every day, to using Flipboard maybe once per week. Think that says it all about the experience.

    Haven't tried Apple News yet, since it's US only, but there's definitely room for someone to swoop in and compete with Flipboard, be it Apple or anyone else.
  15. antiprotest macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2010
    I want to swipe and scroll. I don't want to flip.
  16. testcard macrumors 68030


    Apr 13, 2009
    Northumbria, UK
    Such a shame. Been using Zite since launch. Clipboard is a triumph of style over substance. News will probably become my go-to aggregator.
  17. JosephAW macrumors 68000


    May 14, 2012
    Just signed up the other day... Thanks a lot
  18. LxHunter, Nov 20, 2015
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2015

    LxHunter macrumors 6502

    Nov 14, 2010
    My feelings exactly
    Sorry to see Zite go
    Tried Flipboard - don't like it
    Apple News not in Canada yet.
    Reeder / RSS will be my source for now.
  19. apradom2 macrumors newbie


    Aug 17, 2014
  20. ronntaylor macrumors regular


    Jan 16, 2004
    Flushing/Queens, New York
    Never heard of Zite. Haven't used Flipboard in ages: hated its curation. Was planning to give Apple News a try this weekend. A couple people I trust like it, one of them was a frequent Flipboard user.
  21. testcard macrumors 68030


    Apr 13, 2009
    Northumbria, UK
    Quite liking Apple News so far, and it's learning my preferences. Needs a "thumbs down" button like Zite.
  22. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    Never used it but have used Flipboard, but what I'd really like to see is the Apple News app come to OS X.
  23. Mousse macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2008
    Flea Bottom, King's Landing
    December 7th, a date which will live in infamy.:eek: FDR was right.:D
  24. ewing8888 macrumors newbie


    Nov 20, 2015
    I guess the inevitable had to come, but Flipboard is just something i will not use. Like others have mentioned, its Style over substance. I mostly use News360 which is my top choice. I also use Newsify which is a nice alternate too. I may have to try Apple News again. i wish i could take my Zite preferences and move them somewhere else.
  25. ewing8888 macrumors newbie


    Nov 20, 2015

    It's also the birthday of Vito Corleone.

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