Thursday, March 14, 2013

Google Reader Retirement

To answer everyone since I've already had a dozen or so inquiries. I don't know yet what I'll use to replace Google Reader in Listen Up now that it's being retired. Considering Listen Up has made about $175 thus far, that's before Google's cut and only because one user generously paid $51 for his copy, it will need to be a free solution. Sigh, I'm going to miss Google Reader.

18 comments:

Ken said...

Hopefully the promised Feedly API clone (http://blog.feedly.com/2013/03/14/google-reader/) will actually work...that would make it pretty easy to slide over, and AFAIK, it would at least be free for you to code against (they may or may not charge for accounts, but that would be between Feedly and the user).

J.R. Freeman said...

gpodder.net might be a good solution...

Patrick Julien said...

J.R.,

I'm going to read their terms of service and license but definitely looking good.

Thanks for the tip.

J.R. Freeman said...

glad if it helps. :)

Gert-Jan van de Streek said...

Nice and sweet Google Reader replacement: http://theoldreader.com/

I haven't checked their API yet for compatibility. This sure looks promising and it feels like Google Reader. Plain and simple.

Patrick Julien said...

J.R.,

You know of any service that produces atom out of any rss?

The great thing about Reader is that they provided an endpoint for atom no matter what rss or atom input was provided.

This API doesn't have that so taking a chance by asking.

Chris Parr said...

Really glad you're looking at this, but I've found the Feedly interface unusable on a mobile device. There seems to be rhyme or reason to the order it displays items in or whether it marks them as read or not.

J.R. Freeman said...

I'm not so sure...

I was looking into the Miro guide awhile back, but couldn't figure out much to make it of use...

Marks1110 said...

I bought the PocketCast app on Saturday. It was $4. You can import your XML file of podcast list from Google Reader. The PocketCast app uses its own servers so when Google Reader dies there will be no problems. The interface is smooth and polished, worth at least $4.I fully recommend the PocketCast app. The best part is you can que the podcasts from oldest to newest. That is something I have wanted for a long time. I am not trying to bad mouth ‘ListenUp’ just puting out another option.

I also use iGoogle for a RSS news reader and I have switched to ‘Feedly’. It is different but I am getting used to it.

Marks1110 said...

I bought the PocketCast app on Saturday. It was $4. You can import your XML file of podcast list from Google Reader. The PocketCast app uses its own servers so when Google Reader dies there will be no problems. The interface is smooth and polished, worth at least $4.I fully recommend the PocketCast app. The best part is you can que the podcasts from oldest to newest. That is something I have wanted for a long time. I am not trying to bad mouth ‘ListenUp’ just puting out another option.

I also use iGoogle for a RSS news reader and I have switched to ‘Feedly’. It is different but I am getting used to it.

J.R. Freeman said...

https://github.com/devongovett/reader

just found that link... don't know much about it, but the description sounds good.

Patrick Julien said...

Doesn't look like it's quite ready yet. Would need to run my own server too.

At this point, I'm leaning toward gpodder.net you suggested but with that solution i need to find a good feed parser library.

The field is pretty bare so far. Rome is pretty much the only option but doesn't work that well on android and doesn't look maintained anymore.

Malcolm Cook said...

I just tried gpodder with podax on my android rooted hp tablet.... a little clunky install with a crash or two in podax but the integration seems to work.... i am eager to learn of your success....

J.R. Freeman said...

Is it possible to use the account integration app that Malcom was talking about above?...

I also found this bit on android feed parsers... the 1st commenter is pushing Rome, but there's more suggestions under that.

Could Yahoo Pipes be used to get atom from rss? I seem to recall other apps using it to correct feed issues, but I'm unsure what issues.

I'm not precisely sure how much help these might be - hopefully, I haven't just been spamming the comment section here... ;/

Patrick Julien said...

I don't know if that's a good idea because it might require a lot of expertise from users to require another app. Not saying no but would have to be pretty transparent.

The Rome site is down, has been for a while, but I tried using this library before I used reader and it was pretty bad on android.

I'm going to use commons-feedparser for this. It has been retired to the attic but functional.

Maybe I can use something like an intent if you setup server sync or something. Will need to play with it.

Patrick Julien said...

Their website also has https://github.com/thasmin/Riasel

Will need to check it out

Bob Whiteman said...

I looked but didn't see any information about migration from Google Reader to gpodder.net. Can gpodder import from an old Google Reader account, or from Google Takeout?

Patrick Julien said...

Bob,

What i would like to do when released is pubsh your listen up local subscriptions to gpodder.net.