Feedly has been doing its best Google Reader impression in recent months, but now it's adding in something Google forgot to do. Mainly, the business model. Feedly will be making money on its new cloud synced RSS reader with a $5 per month subscription for Pro features. Interested parties can also drop $45 for a whole year of Feedly Pro. But the deal the company is running right now is something special. For $99 you get immediate access to Feedly Pro forever. This is limited to only 5,000 spots.

Update #1: HTTPS will be the first feature to go free "when the next batch of feedly pro is available," according to this post on Feedly's blog.

Update #2: All lifetime Feedly Pro spots have been sold:


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The new Feedly Pro tier will include a few neat features at launch, but more will be added regularly as the service grows. If you decide to pony up the $99 for a lifetime account, you'll get the following:

  • Evernote integration
  • Premium support
  • Article search (finally)

The regular $5 subscriptions don't launch until the fall, which basically makes the lifetime users a nice batch of guinea pigs in a manageable size. It also comes with $500,000 of quick development cash. This is where we find out if Feedly can really make this work. If you really use a lot of RSS feeds, this is a tempting deal. Here are some pics from the premium version:

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Got questions? Feedly planned for that.

Where is the money from feedly pro going to?
The funds will finance the hardware needed to make feedly pro generally available and help support the next batch of features.

Will feedly pro include more features going forward?
Yes. We will be introducing new pro features regularly. The next batch of features will be decided on by feedly pro users themselves, as you will get to vote on what features you would like feedly to develop next.

Will feedly pro features be available in other apps?
Yes. feedly desktop is the first pro app but we are making all the pro features available via feedly Cloud API. So you can expect feedly mobile and other cloud apps will take advantage of them shortly.

Are you continuing to invest in the free version of feedly?
Definitely! We will continue to iterate and add new features to the free feedly. If anything, feedly pro makes us more sustainable and enables us to innovate faster.

Can I ask for a refund?
Yes. If you try feedly pro and are not satisfied, you have 7 days to ask for a refund. Please use your pro support line to ask for a refund.

[Feedly Pro]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Buying this in 3... 2... wait, already bought.

    • http://lesterchan.net/ Lester Chan

      I also bought it as well!

    • sivkai

      Your admiration of Feedly sounds a tad bit excessive...

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        I'm a very heavy RSS user, and I value what Feedly has done, as well as how it compares to other offerings.

        Everyone needs to monetize at some point to maintain a quality product.

        • sivkai

          Point taken.

          I also use Feedly, however, as a light user I guess I never really appreciated its full usefulness.

          I am generally against subscription based models, but considering that a free option is also available, this will not affect casual users like me but it will benefit heavy users like yourself :)

    • chris

      Sounds like someone is getting paid to say all this or got a free account because of it.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Wrong on both counts. Want to see my credit card receipt? In fact, even Feedly's own engineers bought their own accounts, as I mentioned before.

  • http://www.ludus.se/ Johan Larsson

    Me bought it. Hope feedly doesnt shut down next week :-)

  • Slav

    Bought it as soon as I saw it :-)

  • Daniel Malick

    Man, I probably won't be able to buy before the first 5,000 are gone, but hopefully they will open up some more. I would 100% pay $100 for lifetime Pro access. Just don't have the cash now.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    By the way, for the curious, I've also inquired about their search backend because some of my searches were pretty slow. Right now, they're using "a mix of things" but the important bit is they're migrating to Elasticsearch, which is based on Lucene: http://www.elasticsearch.org.

    Once that is in place, search should improve heaps, at least I hope.

    • jaduncan

      Are they doing search over everything that's ever been in the feed reader? No time limits were mentioned for the search corpus, but it would be nice to get clarification on that.

      I also purchased it on trust though.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Just asked the engineer I've been talking to - your question made it just in time before he signed off for the night. Here's his response:

        We do search on the data we have been able to index since end of May. Our goal regarding data retention is to have at least 90 days for everything and more for articles who have a high engagement count (the heart number).

        • jaduncan

          Hmm. If you're talking to him tomorrow I have a follow up question/pony request - search over all articles that I have explicitly saved for later with them.

          • jaduncan

            Heh. I just realised the save to Evernote feature rather neatly hands off those costs to them.

  • http://creativezane.sg Zane Lee

    $99, that's 19.8 months worth of Feedly Pro at $5 per month or 26.4 months/2.2 years of Feedly Pro at $45 per year. Bought it, so yes, let's hope that Feedly doesn't shut down next week! ;)

    • Wazzifer

      Hopefully they don't shut down in six months bro.

  • Ray

    I love Feedly, and they really have done a brilliant job but $5 a month or even $45 a year for an RSS reader is a little rich.

    Once the plans go live I will think about it again but at present, it's a no go.

    • creed

      This is a little rich, especially when there are (and always will be) free alternatives. I'm all for supporting developers, but $5/month is ridiculous.

  • Kuyam

    Just started using it and its still difficult to stop going to the regular places (like AP) to check for news. Great to see that they are adding more features for their power users though.

    I used to have this other app, I think it was called Newsroom. It pulled full text from rss feeds and it was THE sh*t.

    • Ror

      There's still a way to do that using Yahoo pipes.

  • randomchars

    Seriously? SSL as a premium option? What's next? Asking money to hash passwords? Right now they're just sending OAUTH tokens in plain text.

    • DanteMX

      I agree this should be a standard feature, and tbh i expect they will make it standard in the future.

      In the meantime, however, i look forward to increased performance and features from feedly, the next gen RSS powerhouse ! :D

      Also, bought lifetime membership :D !

    • Andrew

      I had no idea that feedly wasn't already secured via SSL. Come on guys, it's 2013!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      HTTPS will be the first feature to go free "when the next batch of feedly pro is available," according to this post on Feedly's blog http://blog.feedly.com/2013/08/05/feedly-pro/.

  • IncCo

    Good job google..

  • Droid4LifeDawg

    I've been with Feedly since day one and it is the best, glad to see this upgrade and Yes, FeedlyPro - Got it as soon as I saw the link...$99 now for life or $45 every year...Really! Do you really have to think it over!

  • http://ashutoshmishra.org/ Ashutosh Mishra

    This is good news, but I hope they make HTTPS available for free users as well (my hunch is that they will do it a few months after the pro accounts go live). It's okay to limit features to free users, but security/privacy in online accounts is a necessity rather than a feature.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Looks like they've heard us: HTTPS will be the first feature to go free "when the next batch of feedly pro is available," according to this post on Feedly's blog http://blog.feedly.com/2013/08/05/feedly-pro/.

  • Kwubballa

    How do I sign up for the $99 lifetime subscription? I just installed Feedly but nothing referenced the Pro edition.

    • http://ashutoshmishra.org/ Ashutosh Mishra

      https://cloud.feedly.com/#pro it's right there in the article.

      • Kwubballa

        Thanks for the quick response... When I click on the link the only option is the free version to which I have just installed... What other step am I missing here?

        • http://ashutoshmishra.org/ Ashutosh Mishra

          No idea. This link takes me to the pro page.

        • SPtheALIEN

          You are like me doing it from a mobile device. Be sure to be viewing desktop version.

  • http://farukahmet.blogspot.com farukahmet

    I don't care about https, Evernote integration or 'support'. Can I have only the search, say, for 2 or 3 bucks a month, please? 5 dollars is a bit of a stretch for me, honestly.

  • Dt Bell

    Really? $5 a month? I hope they're getting their feedback from this column. Mebbe they should keep it iOS, They'll pay for anything.

  • chris

    I was desperate to find a good replacement for Google Reader that I didn't realize they were not using SSL. And now its a paid "feature"? No thanks, now off to find another feed reader.

  • chris

    For those that are concerned about security and feel that you shouldnt have to pay for a secure connection. Digg Reader offers SSL for free. Just change the URL to https:// and bam... Secure. Good bye feedly. Good security practices should always be observed. Always.

    • selonmoi

      Why is it that articles I'm reading from the open Internet need to be secured? If I was reading the articles directly, most of them would be over HTTP.

      I use Google authentication, and of course that's secure.

  • TechnoFunky

    If they could make a MAC OS Desktop app, I would definitely pay.

    • Ror

      Or if NetNewsWire just had Feedly support.

  • Pyrotek85

    Why do so many people expect this to be free, regardless of what it's costing them? If it's not in your budget that's cool, I'm not judging you. But as I understand it it takes quite a bit of resources to run a web based RSS for thousands of users.

    I think it'd be a good idea to make security enhancements standard too, but aren't they an additional burden on the servers as well? The money has to come from somewhere, and whatever advertising money they get might not cut it.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Nobody is forcing upgrading either - all existing features are going to remain free, and that's already a great value proposition right there. I would definitely like to see https in the free product, however.

      • Pyrotek85

        Yup, but apparently enough think 'free' is ending or something, I've seen many replies of people saying they're going to leave feedly for another service because of an optional pro version being introduced. Which is fine if that's what they want, but it's making them sound a bit spoiled in my opinion.

        We're very lucky that there are so many free services and apps available to us, but not everything can be. I just think we lose perspective sometimes.

  • TJay229

    Feedly crashes to much on my SG3 as is. What, pay for another version to do the same... No thanks

  • freakism

    Mumble grumble, widgets don't work for me...

    ...like Feedly, but not a heavy user. So, won't pay. Do hope this works out for them.

    • Ror

      Seriously, the broken widgets is getting ridiculous. It's half the reason I used Reader.

  • nctrnl

    I miss Google Reader...

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    And..... I'm so glad I ditched Feedly for my own server - TinyTinyRSS is a breeze to setup and is on my own in house server - an AJAX web interface and an app on the playstore makes it a joy to use

    • Floss

      Yah, and it costs less as a one time fee (mobile app w/o ads) then this is per month.

      • mrjayviper

        depends really. if you have a 24/7 server running all the time then using tiny is cheaper. But if you have to build one just to use tinyrss then I doubt it's cheaper. even using hosting services would cost more?

        In saying that, I maybe be able to install tinyrss in my raspberry pi running 24/7.

        • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

          @daneren2005:disqus @mrjayviper:disqus @sralj:disqus and when you get it running - spend 5 minutes adding the plugin "af_feedmod" and configure it, you will be very very glad you did!

          • mrjayviper

            how is the widget for the android app? configurable? all I want it transparent background and a newsfeed list. thanks

          • mrjayviper

            is there a configurable widget? all I want is transparent background and white/whitish text. Also am I able to use the app while I'm connected to my home network? thanks

    • sralj

      What is the app from the play store? I'm liking the idea of this.

  • Sqube

    I'm still waiting for some sort of offline caching implementation for the mobile app. I actually like the Feedly app but that's getting to be a big deal for me since signal is inconsistent on my commute.

  • Wazzifer

    At $1 a month it may get them more subscribers and less pissed off people. Good job Feedly, you done goofed.

  • Matthew Fry

    I want to support feedly but man. That's steep.

  • rich_bown

    Sorry, they've not even updated their own widget since reader shutdown.

    First it was 'coming around july 10th' now it 'should' be available in august.
    I can see what they've been working on instead.
    That's way too expensive.

    Off to find a replacement...............

  • Esteban

    For sure this is a joke...

  • enoch861

    Let me get this straight, they're gonna charge me to search through feeds?
    Uncool to say the least.

    • Ror

      All those backend servers cost a ton. I'd already pay for the current service as it is but only becuase Reader is dead.

      • enoch861

        In order to be a viable replacement to Reader, they have to offer basic functionality such as search for free. Anything else, like Evernote integration, is perfectly fine to charge for. But not search. I understand that all that functionality costs a ton, but in this day an age, search is the most basic thing that we've all come to expect from all services: for free (unless its a paid service).
        Sooner or later, this is gonna send me to find a Feedly replacement if search isn't offered. I love Feedly but lack of search is a serious deal killer.

  • tekmonkey

    $45 a year? Seems excessive.

    • firesoul453

      $45 for year?

      Its $5 a month. Thats more than $45 a year

  • http://www.yepi6.org/ yepi 6

    Maybe I will also use it

  • inzandity

    5000 sold out in a day at 99 bucks a pop. Half a mil in a day?!?! :-0

  • imtoomuch

    This is an awesome app so I hope they don't destroy the free version out of greed. I would happily pay a couple of bucks for the app, but I'm completely against subscription models for apps.
    I'm honestly baffled that 5,000 chumps already bought into the lifetime subscription. Lifetime means until this app is changed significantly and they can use their lawyers to weasle more money out of people. Or it means until the developers quit developing this app and/or the company goes out of business. These "Pro" features aren't even worth anything close to $5 a month.

  • firesoul453

    No way I'm paying $5 a month. If they don't offer the $99 again, not money for them from me.

  • Cosmin

    I use http://www.hinto.co to read news and I like it.

  • firesoul453

    How do I even contact this company? it seems like there isn't even a way to ask them anything unless you pay them, its just ridicules.