Feedly brings back lifetime accounts for $299

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 26, 2013
Updated • Oct 26, 2013

RSS is the best way in my opinion to keep an eye on everything that is hot in a particular niche on the Internet in the shortest amount of time possible. I can go through hundreds of articles posted on a day in less than 10 minutes, pick out those of interest in numerous ways, and ignore the rest. No other service gives me that flexibility and speed.

Google Reader was without doubt the number one online feed reading service on the Internet. With its shutdown came other services that tried to fill the gap that it left, and the one service that -- probably -- did it right the most is Feedly.

The service does a lot of things right. It has a web-based interface that you can load in any browser of choice, app support, and an API that third party apps and programs can tap in for support.

A free service is provided by Feedly that is limited in several ways, including slower updating of "smaller" news feeds and no full article search option.

While it is understandable that Feedly distinguishes its Pro user accounts from free accounts, it has been criticized for making essential features such as the delivery time of news updates a Pro feature.

Pro accounts were available as monthly or yearly subscriptions up until now for $5 and $45 respectively. The company behind Feedly ran a limited lifetime license test before where 1000 users were allowed to subscribe to a lifetime license for $99.

That lifetime license is back now, but the price of it has more than tripled. You can buy a lifetime license of Feedly Pro for $299 currently so that you can use the Pro version of the service forever without having to make a payment again to the company.

If you compare that to the monthly and yearly subscription price, you will notice that it equals nearly 60 months of payment for the monthly price, and more than 6.6 years of service for the yearly subscription price.

That's a long commitment, and if you consider that services come and go on the Internet at all times, it is definitely a good idea to consider that before you get a lifetime license. If you think that the company will be around in ten years, and that you will still be using a feed reader at that time, then picking the lifetime license makes sense, as you will pay less over the course of the ten year period, provided that Feedly won't reduce pricing along the way.

What's your take on this? Would you pay $299 for a lifetime license?

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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between name.com domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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