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Feedly began as a free service, but once the company really started to ramp up its efforts to create the next Google Reader, they introduced a monthly fee to go with it. Users can subscribe to use Feedly for $5 a month, or they can get it for a discounted price of $45 a year. When the company first rolled out this plan, they gave away $99 lifetime subscriptions to the first 5,000 people who claimed them. Those quickly sold out. Well, for anyone who missed out and has been waiting since then, lifetime subscriptions are finally back, only this time they will cost you $299.

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For this to work out in your favor, you will have to be certain that you intend to use Feedly for over six years. Given how quickly some online services come and go, that's quite the show of confidence. Still, if Feedly does stand the test of time, this could end up being a steal - it will just take you the better part of a decade to find out.

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Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • solbin

    Feedly pro subscription or Nexus 5 or Playstation 3... decisions decisions.

    One of these things are not like the others.

    • EH101

      Did you mean Ps4?...

      • solbin

        Thanks fixed it.

        • EH101

          No problem, and I vote Ps4 btw lol

  • Hooterman

    Yikes, and I thought the $99 that I spent originally was tough to swallow.

  • http://www.dolphinfree.net Tenkely

    I find my self just using Currents more and more... but since Reader died I tried Feedly and half a dozen others... meh. Most of the time though, I get get my fix on G+.

  • Frederico Silva

    Feedly for Web. gReader for Android. Done.

    • mustbepbs

      I've been using gReader for a while now. It's excellent. A little bit slower than Feedly but definitely worth the under $5 to get rid of the ads.

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

      Exactly my usage scenario. Feedly Pro plus gReader Pro.

    • jairus

      I use that exact setup. Good stuff.

    • John

      Wow. Just tried gReader for the first time. Prefect. I'm still not too big of a fan of the UI Feedly decided to go with. It's OK but just not what I prefer.

    • http://blog.zopim.com/ Abhiroop Basu

      Why do you guys prefer gReader over the Feedly Android app?

      • Qliphah

        Force closes, articles don't always load, articles that display then reformat to a blank screen, horrible sorting, and "card" interface is ugly and space wasting, I could go on....

        I found myself using pocket to tag the articles I wanted to read and went to the Pocket app to actually read them.

    • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

      Press for me. Love the offline cache w/ images.

    • Qliphah

      /sub The old Reader for Feedly and you get a much easier way to read articles... but then I'm still sore about losing the classic Reader. :

  • Squiddles
  • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

    I do like Feedly but I don't think I can justify a Pro account. The search would be nice but I don't use Evernote or Pocket.

  • Cory Wilson

    I'm fine with the free one

  • Manol

    Are they crazy? No one is stupid enough to pay 300$ for a simple RSS.Come on...add 50$ more and you'll get a Nexus 5 :D

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      • http://www.williamint.com William Aleman

        Good for you!!

      • Влатко Стојанов

        -_-

  • icyrock1

    There aiming a bit optimistically with a $300 price tag. $200 and I'd pay for it (hell, I've paid more before for great software) but $300 on a service that might not be there in three years? Eh... Still love feedly, though AOL reader is also amazing (digg reader is good, to).

    • http://edwink.devhd.com Edwin Khodabakchian

      Thanks for the feedback. -Edwin

      • icyrock1

        Plenty welcome.

        Any word on if we'll be able to buy it from the app?

  • ookees

    I got in on the introductory $99. I feel I use the service enough to justify the cost. I would not pay $299 though. I rather see ads.

    • CoffeeGeeker

      Agreed. I'm in on the $99 plan too, which I was on the fence about buying. I use Feedly a dozen times a day, so I don't mind paying for the service (even the "free" one), but I think their pricing schema is way off. A better model would be the $2.95/mo or $24.95 a year, with 3yrs as a "lifetime" membership, or $75. For people like me who need a solid RSS tool as part of their work, $99 is okay, but for most folks and their typical usage of RSS, even $99 is too much.

      I am pretty sure I would never pay $299 for a lifetime membership, even with my usage. There's just not the value there. By comparison, Adobe charges $10 a month for Lightroom 5, Adobe Photoshop and 20g of storage online - I'd argue that development of those applications are 50x more than anything Feedly is doing, plus you get online storage.

  • Qliphah

    I see no reason to pay $5/month let alone get a lifetime subscription to what was basically a replacement for something i used for free.

    And as far as the app itself goes, the web version is a mess with no sorting, no rhyme or reason to how it gets its top stories and doesn't have an option to mark as read when scrolling through articles. As for the android app it's just the opposite, whole pages will mark as read as you scroll not just articles being read and a hit/miss on syncing with the web app. And opening articles is also a russian roulette of either loading part of the page or showing just the ads from said page.

    The old Reader is still by far the best web RSS I've found, as for android I'm still searching, but gReader at least syncs with ToR.

    • Ryan

      You might want to recheck the Web settings because you can get it to mark as read when scrolling through.

    • unsivilaudio

      You're doing it wrong Bro. gReader + ToR >= Google Reader.

  • Subi

    I switched to InoReader.

    • OhYeah!

      Same, it works way better and has a better layout. Screw feedly

  • Wazzifer

    Good fucking joke, Feedly.

  • OhYeah!

    InoReader is way better and it's free.

  • gtg465x

    $300? One would need to use the service for at least 7 years for that price to be a better deal than the yearly price. That's an eternity in technology terms. They may not even be around then, let alone still provide one of the best RSS services. Heck, will RSS even be relevant in 7 years? I'm pretty sure there will be a better way to get news by then.

  • I Am Awesome

    Pass... pass pass pass pass pass.

  • pilwok

    Just uninstalled feedly

    • John

      Wow. Elaborate...

      • firesoul453

        They are a company clearly in it just for the money....

        • MacMan156

          And that's wrong? The goal of every company is to make money.

          • firesoul453

            Of course, but your average company care about more than just money (well maybe not but they do a pretty good job pretending and their prices, customer service, and products reflect this)

  • Michael D.

    I need to be able to search within my feeds and I have already signed up for the pro subscription, but this price must be a joke. I can't think of it as anything else.

  • dirtyid

    Jumped at $99 intro price. $300 is supreme confidence in their longevity or arrogance. The price implies Feedly will never discount or that they are actively encouraging subscriptions. For that price they need to release proper apps with offline mode, podcast streaming / management and god knows what other features to even look appealing.

  • rcrow490

    Started with Feedly but Inoreader is awesome. You can read whole articles without opening a browser.

  • smeddy

    I'll give them $3

    • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

      LOL

  • CoffeeGeeker

    I feel the need to add another point. I'm a Feedly Pro lifetime subscriber ($99), which also promises quick, "front of the line" support via email.

    I sent in a support email 10 days ago, got no reply, so resent it again, 8 days ago. I still have not had a reply. Something to consider if you think you'll get quick service from them as a Feedly Pro member.

  • dobbsy

    What a bunch of greedy asses. i just uninstalled Feedly. Idiots.

  • http://www.williamint.com William Aleman

    Well since everyone is talking about gReader I might as well give it a try.

    • John

      Just tried their app myself, and I'm pretty impressed. It's a lot more user friendly than feedly's app. Works great and has a shitload of options.

  • firesoul453

    I might have bought it at $99 but no way I am paying $5 a month, or $45 a year, or $299 for life. That would take almost 7 years just to break even, if I thought it was worth $45 a year.

    Does that come with a guarantee if they shutdown the service? 7 years is a very very long time, especially when technology is concerned.

  • mrjayviper

    using Press + free feedly. works great for me :)