Reeder Also Prepares For Google Reader’s Demise, Drops To FREE (Permanently)

Reeder Also Prepares For Google Reader’s Demise, Drops To FREE (Permanently)

Silvio Rizzi‘s Reeder has today dropped from its regular price of $2.99, and will now be available as a FREE download on a “permanent” basis.

The decision to make Reeder permanently FREE, arrives as Rizzi prepares for the end-to-end shutdown of Google’s ‘Reader’ service(the feed service the client was originally designed to streamline).

In an article, entitled “The Future of Reeder, ” Rizzi outlines the future of his feed reader app as he prepares to remove support for the service it was originally intended for, noting that all three versions of Reeder will soon get major updates.

“The current version of Reeder for iPhone will be free, starting today,” Rizzi highlights, adding that Reeder 3.2 (already submitted) will support “[alternative services]” to Google Reader.

These alternative services include:

– Feedbin
– Feedly
– Feed Wrangler (No support for smart streams yet in Reeder)
– Fever
– Standalone/Local RSS without syncing

As for the future of Reeder for iPad and Mac:

“Unfortunately,” Rizzi says, “it’s not that easy to add other services to the current versions of these apps.” … “It’s probably best to use my time to work on the new versions, to get these out as soon as possible.”

As a result, Rizzi explains that he’ll be removing the current versions of both of these apps from the App Store on July 1, as they “only work with Google Reader.”

“Now you might ask why the iPhone version will get a major update too. Actually, that wasn’t planned at first. But I’m really happy with how the new iPad version turns out and want to bring this to the iPhone too,” Rizzi concludes.

Download Reeder for iPhone, FREE on the App Store.

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