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The Ubiquity of RSS: iPod, Opera, and Sony Reader

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Steve Rubel says he’s so infatuated with RSS that he set out to find ways to surround himself with RSS in and around the house. In yesterday’s blog post Pimp Every Room in Your House with RSS Steve describes using RSS on a TV set, how to create an RSS-enabled refrigerator magnet (yes!) and several other ways to take RSS wherever you go. Complementary and complimentary to Steve’s inventory I found a couple more tools, devices and services:

 

Read RSS on the Apple iPod

An attractive cross-platform solution is Life2Go by Kainjow, LLC. This tool was formerly sold under the name Pod2Go. Life2Go already was a popular iPod management tool for Mac OS X and from July 2006 it’s also available for Windows users with some features to still be ported. Life2Go’s feature set is very broad: it lets you transfer weather forecasts, movie times, stock quotes, gas prices and loads of other kinds of data. RTF, PDF, HTML and TXT are supported as well. You can also use your iPod as a personal backup device. The PDA functionality of Life2Go is currently only available to Mac Users. Very impressive feature set. Life2Go costs USD12.99. Life2Go download for Windows; Life2Go download for Mac

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Then there’s iGadget from iPodSoft, the successor to iPod Agent and formerly known as PodPlus. Yesterday version 2.03 of iGadget was released. iGadget works with iTunes 7 now. In addition to its feed reading capabilities, iGadget lets you transfer personal data like contacts, appointments, email, tasks, driving directions and weather forecasts to your iPod (including the iPod Nano). iGadget runs on Windows PCs and a license costs USD19.99. Get the iGadget download.

NewsMac Pro, a full-fledged RSS reader for Mac OS X by ThinkMac Software, allows you to synchronize headlines with Palm PDA devices, with cellphones and with iPods. The synchronization occurs after the headlines have been converted into the so-called iSilo format, a file format that allows you to display content on handhelds running on the Palm, Symbian Series 60, Windows Mobile, Windows CE or Windows operating system. iSilo documents can be created on a Windows or Mac desktop using the iSiloX desktop application. NewsMac Pro costs USD24. Get the NewsMac Pro download.

Other tools and services that allow you to synchronize feeds on an iPod are iFeedPod (by Carnglas Software, for Mac OS X, free, download iFeedPod) and iDropper (by Mark Qvuist, for Mac OS X, free, download iDropper).

Update 2006_10-31: I just found out about iPodulator Pro 2, a tool for PC and Mac OS X users to convert web pages and RSS feeds—text-only—into the iPod notes format. iPodulator is produced by ThePlaceForItAll.com. Get the iPodulator Pro 2 download.

Read RSS on Portable Devices

Any wifi-enabled device that is capable of running the new Opera 9 for Devices browser can access a web-based RSS reader, such as Bloglines, Rojo, Google Reader, Netvibes, Pageflakes, NewsGator Online, or My Yahoo!. The Opera browser has received quite a bit of media attention because of the launch of its Nintendo DS browser on a cartridge in Europe earlier this month. Opera will also be available for the upcoming Nintendo Wii. Other devices supported by Opera are the Sony Mylo, the Archos Portable Media Player and the Archos Personal Media Assistant, the Nokia 770 and the Sharp Zaurus. The Opera website has a gallery of Opera powered products.

Read RSS on E-Ink Devices
From what I read in the thread The Sony Reader in our hands Sony’s new e-reader doesn’t support user-selected RSS feeds (as opposed to a selection from Sony’s own feed list), but that may have changed in the mean time (Sony Style website quote: "Take along web newsfeeds, blogs and more to read"). Gizmodo reported in January that the Sony Reader supports RSS with images (blog post: Live from CES: Hands-On with the Sony Reader).

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David Rothman points to a modified version of RSS Owl that allows users to create 130 x 70 mm PDF files, which can easily be displayed on the Sony Reader.

According to the Sony Style USA store there’s overwhelming demand for their e-book gadget, so don’t expect yours to ship before November 30th 2006 (Sony Portable Reader System (PRS-500, this page also has lists of features, specs and accessories). Price is USD349.99.

Read RSS on Smart Phones and Pocket PCs

Of course cell phones and handhelds are the most obvious portable devices to support RSS. There are numerous RSS readers for Symbian Series 60, for Windows Mobile, and for phones that are capable of running Java applications. I’d like to take the opportunity to direct you here to the extensive list of RSS Readers at RSS Compendium. In my opinion Peter Scott does an outstanding job of continually classifying and describing RSS tools. The RSS Reader section is now divided into 10+ different platforms. It would be ridiculous to copy-cat his work here.

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