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Aubrey Portwood

Google Reader, Netvibes, Podcasts, Feedly…oh my!

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Update July/13: Digg Reader came out, it’s what I’m using now!


So I wasn’t totally devastated when Google Reader decided to go under, I mean, I rarely load it up anyways…and I usually only visit, what, five feeds? They’re in my “Favorites” folder and it’s pure convenience. I’d rather just bookmark a site and check it out from time to time anyways. The design and layout of a Website really bring out the person blogging, and I like that  (for example, MATT MULLENWEG) over loading up Email looking applications. But, the decision to take down Google Reader did have a slight affect on me in one area: Podcasts!

Podcasts

First, let me explain that I have a problem with getting information from Websites feed into a newsreader. You miss out on the Website! It’s a piece of art and someone cough designs those layouts for you. But, I don’t feel Podcasts are the same, here’s why. With a Podcasts you’re essentially an ongoing album of audio content, or at least that’s the way I feel. Yeah, some site’s design nice sites to wrap your listening experience in, but because of the nature of “listening” to a post instead of reading it, I want to hear it on my phone, or tablet, or computer, or whatever overgrown toaster I have in front of me. I also don’t want to go zooming and swishing around a poorly-designed site for a downloadable or stream-able audio file. Plus, how people embed audio content is a mess right now and who know what-what works, right? I guess I’m being a bit of a hypocrite  but I just don’t like consuming podcasts using typical Web pages.

Move em out!

So, I did need someplace to place my overgrown subscription of feeds (that I don’t really use anyhow). I’ve been experimenting with Feedly for awhile, but I just haven’t become comfortable with it. But, for now, that’s where they’re staying. I did also import my subscriptions to Netvibes and I’d have to say it’s the best “reading” alternative there is…if you’re looking for the closest thing to Google Reader.

But, I’m still on the hunt for a good Podcast tool that works and syncs on all my devices and gives me a simple list of new items like in Google Reader. I’d like to stream most of the time but download for road trips as well.