Feedly seemingly swooped in at the perfect time, just as Google ended its Reader service for all of eternity. Users seem to be migrating to Feedly over many other alternatives that were released at the same time, most likely because of its easy navigation and lack of confusing features— people certainly like simplicity these days.
Now, it looks like Feedly wants to cash in. The service has now announced a “Pro” version, which will cost users $5/month (or an option to pay $45/year). Premium features will include article searching, secure browsing, Evernote integration, and better customer support. More features will be made available in the future, and users will supposedly have a say in what features are added later.
They are also offering a limited-time offer— the first 5000 upgrades will get lifetime access to the Pro service for only a one-time fee of $99. Lifetime edition subscriptions are open today, while monthly subscriptions will begin in the fall.
This all seems like a good idea, but I don’t think the extra features that are being offered right now are really worth the money. Plus, who’s to say that a competitor to Feedly won’t come out with an even better product, just months after you go all-in on their lifetime subscription? I’m definitely going to be sitting tight on this one and see how everything pans out before opening my wallet for something that I got for free from Google just last month. Check out the download link after the break. » Read the rest