Talk:Comparison of feed aggregators

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today evening I will add the clients of Comparison of e-mail clients and will expand this tables of os support and so on... mabdul 0=* 15:10, 19 October 2008 (UTC)

a preview is here



Can we clean up this page? seems like most of the info is WAY out of date =( — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mikojava (talkcontribs) 22:02, 14 November 2012 (UTC)

There's a column web browser under the section "Operating system support", and a column Browser plugin under the section "Interface and notes". Maybe they should be merged? The same with the column Auto updates under the section "Web feed and protocol support", and one named Automatic Update under the section "Capabilities"     Chimin 07 (talk) 12:49, 20 June 2014 (UTC)

bittorrent clients?[edit]

should we really add bittorrent clients like on this page? I give a note in the introduction!

Release history vs. general information[edit]

Should we remove one of "first public version" and "first stable version" columns and add some general information on those readers? I thought of 2 columns: Status (developed, discontinued, ?) and Type (web service, client, browser plugin, part of software XYZ, …), Licence/Cost, … (talk) 12:12, 12 April 2012 (UTC)

Client removal[edit]

following clients need to be removed:

  • Safari is no more a feed aggregator since version 6.0. All such support has been totally removed from Safari along version 6.0 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Omascia (talkcontribs) 12:18, 30 July 2012 (UTC)

client adding[edit]

following clients need to be added:

This isn't exactly up-to-date for the mac. Missing the two biggies in the app store:

Comparison of web browsers:

again wrong order in the comparison mabdul 0=* 17:45, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
Potential candidates for inclusion:

following clients should be deleted:

  • Windows Mail (the vista version of outlook express) does not support rss feeds
done mabdul 0=* 12:42, 1 January 2009 (UTC)

Features to add to comparison[edit]

  • platform specific? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Zearin (talkcontribs) 13:31, 17 November 2009 (UTC)
  • user interface
    • pop-up
    • ticker
    • browser plugin
    • email
    • "newspaper"-like
  • offline reading capability (download/spidering of feeds/URLs for later offline viewing)
  • MRSS
  • RSS enclosure

mabdul 0=* 17:45, 25 October 2008 (UTC)

  • Nested folders.

(The reason for raising this issue is that very few feed readers allow this, making it a genuine pain to organize feeds, short of splicing them using a web app. The only app I know of that will do this is Attensa (for Outlook and OS X), which are no longer supported in a free version. The same comment should be made on the OPML page, so I'll go repeat my observation there.) A.k.a. (talk) 23:08, 14 January 2010 (UTC)

  • Comparison confusion.

With the announcement that Google Reader is to close, many people will look to Wikipedia to help them choose a replacement. Mixing browsers with RSS services is unhelpful; if someone wants an RSS, that is unlikely to mean they want to download a new browser. If (for whatever agenda) browsers must be included, then at least seprate them into a section of their own. Currently, the table (and much of the article) are only vaguely connected with the article title. Both news aggregator and RSS refer readers to this page; it MUST make sense Heenan73 (talk) 14:10, 14 March 2013 (UTC)

Other Feed services[edit]

  • Feed43 (WatzNew)
  • NewsMonster
  • Syndirella

travb (talk) 10:10, 7 January 2009 (UTC)

  • Feed syncers ought to be added in a separate table on this page

(The reason for adding this is the difficulty of syncing across browsers without losing the tags and folder structure built by the user in the original feed reader setup. I cannot believe that after a decade of RSS app usability, no apps out there make this easy. As far as I am concerned, this is a flaw in the RSS/Atom protocol, but I have yet to hear any intelligent discussion of it. A.k.a. (talk) 23:08, 14 January 2010 (UTC)


Mention rss2email, not just in passing, please. Jidanni (talk) 04:19, 28 February 2009 (UTC)

Downloadable aggregators only?[edit]

Is this article only supposed to cover aggregators that can be downloaded? To put it another way, does it specifically exclude web-based ones? I'm not familiar with some of the aggegators listed, but I'm wondering if sites like Bloglines and Google Reader have been left out for a specific reason, or just because no one got to them yet. If they are excluded, the introduction should state which kinds of aggregators are being listed. Ebow (talk) 14:23, 5 June 2009 (UTC)

Link Colors[edit]

Why are some items red and some blue? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:03, 2 December 2009 (UTC)

Whoo, what happened?[edit]

Why did a IP create last year the same table content (rss, atom, podcast) in the general table? that doesn't make any sense! I will revert this today! mabdul 09:43, 8 March 2010 (UTC)

Operating System Support[edit]

Given how mobile devices are becoming more omnipresent in today's society, I find it interesting that only one mobile device operating system is listed, Windows Mobile. Granted, my phone runs on Windows Mobile 6.0, but wouldn't people care about other mobile operating systems, such as Android, Symbian, the iPhone, etc.?

Rather than making separate columns for each of these, it might make more sense to rename the Windows Mobile column into Mobile Devices, and list the operating systems available for each agregattor seperately? --Fredrik Coulter (talk) 13:21, 6 May 2010 (UTC)

And "Unix" is not an operating system, so the entry in that column is totally subjective (compare to the Linux and BSD columns, it's a mess!) - Remove? (talk) 09:10, 23 May 2012 (UTC) Agreed, very confusing. Done! Therunaround (talk) 00:27, 29 May 2013 (UTC)

Opera Mail[edit]

According to the chart, Opera Mail supports Windows Mobile. I can't find any support for this on the Opera web site. Is it true? --Fredrik Coulter (talk) 13:31, 6 May 2010 (UTC)

MMh, good question. I know that opera mail is inlcuded in the desktop version. The mobile version (Opera Mobile) and Opera mini do have both an integrated web feed reader. so it may be correct although the M2 isn't called so on the mobile systems... mabdul 12:34, 2 March 2011 (UTC)

Netvibes Reader[edit]

Why isn't Netvibes reader in here? I believe it's better than Google Reader... It should at least be listed... — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:27, 23 June 2011 (UTC)

Where would you add this information (which table)? (talk) 12:16, 12 April 2012 (UTC)


it'd be nice to know which readers support authenticated rss feeds. -- (talk) 15:17, 1 November 2011 (UTC)

Capabilities section uninformitive[edit]

The capabilities table of this article is entirely filled with ? marks except for the features of one potentially non-notable feed aggregator, and should be removed unless someone wants to try and expand it. Dialectric (talk) 10:32, 12 April 2012 (UTC)

And there is a column "Adnotation" – wtf? Should that be annotation? (talk) 10:35, 12 April 2012 (UTC)
And "Publish Capabilities" should be defined. (talk) 10:44, 12 April 2012 (UTC)

Software Licenses[edit]

It would be very helpfull for those of us that do not support proprietary software if the software license for each of the clients/products were listed in the top section. Jespertp (talk) 07:37, 4 October 2012 (UTC)

Planet (software)[edit]

I think Planet (software) should be included somewhere in this article but I don't know where. Can anyone do it? Thx!

By the way, is Planet the only one that is run in a web server? I arrived to this page trying to find alternatives to Planet.

--PabloCastellano (talk) 00:23, 2 November 2012 (UTC)


I've used Brief, an addon for Firefox, for a few years. I think it's wonderful. I was recommended a different feedreader, so I came here to compare before trying to do so myself, and was surprised not to see it listed. I don't feel qualified to add the detailed information you're listing, but I thought I should bring it up. (talk) 10:47, 26 January 2013 (UTC)

Client state colors[edit]

Think the used client background colours to indicate its current state are to faint. Looking at the table I personally can hardly see any difference, and have to take a real closer look to see what colour/state a client is in. Not saying the colours should be plain bold. But I think they should be at least a tad bit less faint, to be more visible for more users. --MvGulik (talk) 11:01, 15 March 2013 (UTC)

Yeah, I'm gonna have to second this. --2001:981:9B5E:1:20A4:1198:311E:3C76 (talk) 10:29, 10 March 2015 (UTC)

AOL RSS Reader[edit]

Hi, I just posted this on the RSS reader page, but I thought it might also be relevant here. I was wondering if we should add in a note about AOL's RSS Reader. I currently work for them, so I want to wait for community approval before adding it. I'm aware of Wikipedia's COI clause, so I don't want to cause any problems. --TravisBernard (talk) 13:50, 27 September 2013 (UTC)

Is there a Wikipedia article which discusses AOL's RSS reader in depth? If so, I don't see why it shouldn't be added to this list. —Psychonaut (talk) 14:08, 27 September 2013 (UTC)
There isn't a Wikipedia article yet, but there are multiple reliable sources that have covered it. I have a WP:COI because I work for AOL, so I might not be the best person to create it. Is there a place where I can put in a request for the creation of the article without actually writing it myself? --TravisBernard (talk) 15:49, 27 September 2013 (UTC)
In most cases the article should be written before the software gets added to list articles such as these; please refer to Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Stand-alone lists for details. You could add an entry at Wikipedia:Requested articles asking for someone else to create the article, though it may be a long time before another editor gets around to it. Alternatively you could submit your own draft at Wikipedia:Articles for creation, where it will be put into a sort of holding pen for review. Finally, you could simply create the article yourself using the normal procedure. Strictly speaking having a conflict of interest doesn't mean that you can't do this, though in most cases it's a bad idea. If you make a good faith effort to write in neutral language and to provide reliable references to establish the reader's notability, and accept that the article may be heavily edited or even deleted if it's found to be in violation of our policies and guidelines, then you can certainly try this option. If you wish you can declare your conflict of interest on the article's talk page, as you have done here; this will be taken as evidence of your good faith. —Psychonaut (talk) 12:02, 28 September 2013 (UTC)
Thanks --TravisBernard (talk) 12:34, 30 September 2013 (UTC)


Having looked through quite a few of the rss readers in this page I want to let people know of this great reader I found. I would add it to the list but it looks like it needs its own article. Could someone create an article and add it to the list please (I'm new to wikipedia). VzjrZ (talk) 04:22, 4 November 2013 (UTC)

Freeware colour[edit]

Why is "freeware" of the same colour as free software? It should be yellow, or something. --Nemo 13:25, 9 June 2016 (UTC)