Reeder Goes Free On The iPad & Mac Until Google Reader Shuts Down

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Reeder has long been our favorite newsreading app on the iPhone and iPad, but with Google Reader set to be discontinued on June 30th, the future of Reeder has been up in the air. Google Reader is the engine that drives Reeder, but with no clear alternative right now, it’s not exactly sure what Reeder’s new engine will be come July 1st.

So Reeder’s doing the right thing and not making people pay quite as much for an app with a seemingly uncertain future. Developer Silvio Rizzi are making the app free on both iPad and Mac, and they are halting development on the app until July 1st to wait until the dust settles and a clear Google Reader replacement emerges.

Unfortunately, Rizzi’s largesse only goes so far: the iPhone version still costs $2.99. I think it’s a price worth paying for the only iPhone feedreader in my view worth a damn, and with Reeder set to add Feedbin support sometime soon, my guess is that it will continue to be a strong app going forward.

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  • Leonardo

    Have you even read what he wrote?
    By saying “Development of Reeder will continue after July 1st” he means that he will not stop working on Reeder after Reader’s end, and not that the development is frozen until them!
    Mac and iPad versions are free because they haven’t been updated recently, and the next update may take still some time; as opposed to the iPhone version which got a nice update recently, and shall be updated again soon.

  • Leonardo

    PS: AppAdvice has understood what he meant, their article is much better.

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