First things first. You can find Stream in the App Store.
What is Stream?
Stream is a feed reader. Some folks call it a news reader, others an RSS reader.
Why do I need it?
Stream is a different take on feed readers. It displays your feeds in a timeline, similar to Twitter.
Stream doesn’t maintain a read/unread count because life is too short to stress over that kind of stuff.
Is it better than my current feed reader?
Probably not. Stream is great for casual reading. It’s a complement to your current reader.
Does it support services?
Nope. Stream treats RSS – and other feed types – as intended. When RSS was created the idea was to provide a decentralized way to get news.
Dave Winer, the man behind RSS, calls this idea a River of News. Stream is a mobile River of News. You have full control over what you subscribe to. It’s all decentralized so you don’t rely on a service to collect your feeds.
What does this marvel of software development cost?
Did we mention it’s FREE? No up front payment, no subscription, just FREE.
What if I don’t like it?
That’s ok! Stream was intentionally built to put simplicity at its core. Simplicity may make it too simple for your needs.
Here are some of my favorite alternative feed readers.
- NetNewsWire – The granddaddy of Mac feed readers. Pure Mac.
- Reeder – A beautifully designed feed reader.
- Unread – Beautifully designed, full featured, you’ll love it.