Feed Readers

As I posted in March, Google Reader will be shutting down on July 1st. So if you have been using Google Reader to keep up with Muruch, you will need to add Muruch’s RSS Feed to the rss reader or app of your choice.

Like most working Americans, I am stuck using free, web-based readers on IE of which there aren’t many any more and certainly not many that are reliable. I’ve tried them all – Bloglines, BlogLovin’, Feedshow, Newsgator, Pulse, The Old Reader…I could go on and on. None of them catches posts as well or as frequently as Google Reader did.

Digg is supposed to be working on a Google Reader replacement, but they haven’t released it yet. So if anyone has any free, web-based, IE-compatible feed reader recommendations, please comment!

I loved the Feedly app when I tried it on my Android phone, so I would highly recommend using it if you have more flexibility. It not only comes as an app for Android, Apple and Windows devices, but there is also a Feedly Firefox extension. What I like about Feedly is it seems to reliably grab all my feeds and keep them in my sorted folders, but there’s also a neat option to randomize them and mix them in with other stories and some other discover type features I haven’t had the time to explore yet. Oh and it has the option to import your Google Reader subscriptions, so you don’t have the hassle of adding individual feeds.

Thanks to the commenter who informed me that Feedly now has a web-based, IE-compatible reader! It even has a simplified, title-only view option that’s closer to the Google Reader view (the app has a more modern magazine look). Feedly is now by far the best feed reader that I’ve found for any browser on any device. If you create an account before July 1st, you still have time to import your Google Reader subscriptions. Go now go! And please follow Muruch there if you do:

follow us in feedly

Also, Muruch readers on Twitter can follow: @muruchblog

And at least for now, Muruch readers on Facebook can receive notifications by following: http://www.facebook.com/muruchblog. Though due to Facebook’s continuing privacy “glitches,” I make no guarantee that I will stay there.

Note: it’s “muruchblog” as the user name muruch was taken on both sites.

In all cases, you will still need to visit the actual Muruch website to read full reviews and comment. And you might want to bookmark us since external sites are obviously so unreliable.

Muruch on Facebook and Twitter

Muruch has reluctantly returned to Facebook and Twitter since RSS feed readers are on the decline (Google Reader will be discontinued July 1st) and social networks continue to eat the internet. Thankfully, it is now possible to use Facebook and Twitter as feed readers rather than social networks.

Muruch’s accounts on Facebook and Twitter are only automatically posted, publicly viewable but limited RSS feed updates as you would see on any feed reader. There will be no friending, messaging, personal content or anything social whatsoever on Facebook or Twitter.

You will still need to visit the actual Muruch website to read full reviews and comment. Also, bands or PR reps who wish to submit music for review should continue to do so via email. We will not respond to messages or review music submitted through any other website. I personally despise Facebook especially, but it seems we must accept that it is the new Google. So…

Muruch readers on Facebook should be able to see notifications there now when Muruch is updated by following: http://www.facebook.com/muruchblog

Muruch readers on Twitter can follow: @muruchblog

Note: it’s “muruchblog” as the user name muruch was taken on both sites

You old school kids who still use feed readers (I’m still hunting for a good one myself) can still add http://www.muruch.com/feed to the rss reader or app of your choice.