Top Mac RSS News Feed Readers and News Aggregators

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RSS feeds are an excellent way to keep up to date with all kinds of information sources -- blogs, news, the weather, discussions and more. An RSS feed reader will check subscribed channels for updates automatically and let you browse the news that's important to you. Here are our top picks of news aggregators for Mac users.

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NetNewsWire - Mac RSS Feed Reader

NetNewsWire is a competent and flexible RSS feed reader that combines Mac elegance with smart tools that help you follow news updates efficiently. Fast search and smart folders make getting to the important updates a snap (though NetNewsWire does not plug into Spotlight) and reading news in NetNewsWire is a pleasure indeed.

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Cyndicate - Mac RSS Feed Reader

Cyndicate lets you organize news from RSS feeds in just about any manner you would like, and even knows (from your own past ratings) which stories you're likely to like in particular. Unfortunately, Cyndicate was a tad slow — too slow to really appreciate all its wonderful appeal.

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NewsFire - Mac RSS Feed Reader

NewsFire is an RSS reader designed with beauty and simplicity in mind. This makes NewsFire attractive, easy to use and very functional. The price you pay is in some advanced features the lack of which makes NewsFire best suited for finding, reading and then forgetting news, not for archiving and handling them.

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Vienna - Mac RSS Feed Reader

Vienna keeps following RSS feeds simple and functional with smart folders, groups, an integrated browser and item flagging. Unfortunately, you can only set a global refresh interval, podcasts are not really supported, and custom labels cannot be created.

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NewsLife - RSS Feed Reader

NewsLife provides a sane and simple way to read news and articles coming via RSS feeds. Smart folders could still be a helpful addition, and better keyboard navigation would be nice.

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RSS Menu - Mac RSS Feed Reader

RSS Menu turns the Mac OS X menu bar into a versatile RSS feed reader that not only displays headlines but also complete stories, lets you group feeds and integrates with both Safari and iTunes. Apart from the obvious shortcomings of a menu-based RSS feed reader, it would be nice if RSS Menu could hide read items and integrate with Google Reader and other web-based aggregators.