5 New RSS Reader Apps for News Feeds and Podcast Subscriptions

Mihir Patkar 04-12-2018

RSS readers aren’t as popular today as they once were, but they are still awesome for news junkies and those who don’t want to miss a single post from their favorite blog or site. These new RSS readers promise to make you fall in love with news feeds again.


In case you didn’t know what RSS is What Is RSS and How Can It Improve Your Life? Read More , these apps let you add multiple websites and collect every new post from them in one place. You don’t need to go to websites anymore, they come to you.

So here are the best new RSS readers you should check out.

Winds (Windows, macOS, Linux, Web): Powerful RSS and Podcast Subscriptions

Winds is a powerful desktop rss reader

Instead of different apps for podcasts and news feeds, Winds combines your subscriptions into one app that handles it all. Plus it’s gorgeous, lets you discover new things to read and listen to, and even add notes and highlights.

Winds is available as a desktop program for all major operating systems, as well as a web app in browsers. The dashboard shows latest episodes and articles, as well as the podcasts and websites that you have subscribed to. The “Featured on Winds” section has a variety of recommendations for podcasts, blogs, and websites in topics of your interest.


Finally, for each article or episode, you can add tags, notes, or highlights. Tags are an easy way to bookmark articles for later and sort them, while notes and highlights help you remember why you liked it.

Naturally, Winds is not as powerful as some of the best podcast apps 4 Popular Podcast Apps Compared: Which Is Best for You? Looking for the best podcast app to enjoy shows on your iPhone or Android phone? We compare Pocket Casts, Stitcher, Podbean, and Spreaker to see which is best for you. Read More today, but it’s a good player for all your basic needs.

Download: Winds for Windows | macOS | Linux (Free)

Bloglovin’ (Web): Customizable Views, and Readymade Feeds

Bloglovin makes RSS simple for beginners

Bloglovin’ is a good app for beginners to the world of RSS feeds. It’s simple to set up and add feeds, even by simply searching for the site you want to follow. And the app has readymade feeds for topics like technology, fashion, lifestyle, DIY and crafts, food and drink, and so on.

If the default list view of most RSS feeds is a bit overwhelming for you, Bloglovin’ offers multiple customizable views. You can opt for a grid-like view that you’d get in Pinterest, or a list view with small images, or the standard blog view of headline-image-post. It’s a more friendly interface for newcomers.

Panda (Web, Chrome): Digg and Google Alternative, With Pocket Support

Panda RSS is a good alternative to digg reader and google reader

Well, Digg Reader is dead Digg Reader Is Shutting Down... RIP RSS Digg Reader is shutting down on March 26. And the options for RSS fans are dwindling by the day. So, is this RIP RSS? Read More , and Google Reader left many in the lurch years ago. But if you want something similar, check out Panda. Not only is it a powerful RSS reader, but it also integrates with other apps.

The basics of Panda are similar to any other good RSS reader you have used. Let it know your interests for suggestions, or search and add feeds manually, and you’re set. But things get cool when you sign up for the free 30-day trial (no credit card required).

Panda has “integrations” with which you can connect it to popular apps like Twitter, Pocket, Dribble, and Buffer. So for example, if you bookmark an article, it can be added directly to your Buffer queue. Or you can check your Twitter timeline directly in Panda. Or better yet, the awesome Pocket read-it-later articles The Pros and Cons of Pocket: Save for Later vs. Bookmarks Bookmarks and read-it-later services like Pocket are super convenient. Here's why you might choose Pocket over bookmarks. Read More can be seen without ever leaving the Panda app.

After the 30-day trial, you’ll need to pay to use Panda Pro, which adds unlimited feeds, a reader mode for clean articles, powerful search, and removes ads. It costs $2.99 per month or $29.99 per year.

Download: Panda for Chrome (Free)

Feediary (Web): No Ads, No Tracking, and Simple

Feediary is a privacy focused RSS reader

You should know by now that almost any website or online service you use is tracking you. Feediary tries to put a stop to that with the Do Not Track feature What Is "Do Not Track" and Does It Protect Your Privacy? Does enabling "Do Not Track" in your browser really protect your privacy, or does it simply provide a false sense of security? Read More , so that your privacy is protected when you are reading your feeds.

Apart from tracking, Feediary also removes ads entirely. While it wasn’t common to get ads on RSS till a while ago, a lot of the new free RSS readers will push ads at you.

The privacy features aside, it’s still a capable and nice reader. The free account lets you add up to 50 feeds manually or by searching. There’s a handy “read it later” button, as well as “favorites” to save articles for later. And if you have an existing RSS reader, you can import your current list through OPML.

Feediary works on both desktop and mobile, and includes a dark mode. The Pro account (4 euros per month) brings you dark and light themes, full text search, and lists to sort your feeds.

Enkel (Web): Minimalist, Text-Only Reader

Enkel is a minimalist black-and-white rss reader

RSS feeds can often become overwhelming quickly, as the flurry of incoming headlines seems like an information overdose. Cut through the clutter with Enkel, a minimalist reader that focuses on typography and keeping things simple.

The web app is completely black and white, and only text, so you don’t have photos and videos cluttering up the feed. You’re only going to look at headlines and a short blurb. In fact, you can’t even expand articles to read within the app. Enkel will always take you to the original page when you click any headline. While that can be annoying, this sparseness is the appeal of the app.

You will need to find the RSS feeds of your favorite sites as this lacks an RSS search function. Nonetheless, once you set it up, Enkel can go toe-to-toe with some of the best minimalist RSS readers 5 Minimalist RSS Readers Still in the News Feed Game The numbers show that RSS is still alive and kicking. Feedly is very popular and other alternatives exist. But what if you want something simpler? A reader that delivers news without any distractions? Read More out there.

Don’t Forget The Big Four

These new RSS readers make us believe that RSS isn’t dead yet Is RSS Dead? A Look At The Numbers RSS isn't dead: millions of people still use it. Let's look at a few numbers. Read More , and that there is a case to use it instead of social feeds. Even after major apps like Google Reader and Digg Reader shut down, it’s nice to see new readers pop up.

But just because it’s new doesn’t mean it’s better. You should still have a look at the big four apps among RSS readers: Feedly, Inoreader, NewsBlur, and Flipboard. They are among the best alternatives to Google Reader Google Reader's End Is Nigh: Prepare With These Alternative RSS Readers Google Reader is dead. By July the Internet's premier RSS service is shutting down forever, leaving users to find a replacement on their own. If you're looking for an equivalent to Google these are just... Read More , and come with a ton of features to appeal to both beginners and die-hard RSS users.

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  1. Russ
    December 20, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    I switched to Inoreader after Google's Reader shut down years ago as I thought it was the most similar at the time. I'm still using Inoreader; I follow dozens of feeds including all the Youtube channels I like to watch.

    Highly recommended!

  2. RRD
    December 4, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Thank you for writing about the latest batch of RSS readers. I've been using NetVibes since the early days, and for a long time, it was one of the best. Now, it's plagued with restrictions and bugs. I've tried migrating to the "big four apps among..." that you mentioned. But those have had more problems reading blogs than Netvibes or have a less-than-effective user interface (compared to Netvibes). So hopefully you've showcased something that will work for a change.