Most Popular RSS Readers


On this page I'll try to keep a compiled list of most popular RSS feed readers, ie. desktop and online applications that are mostly used for reading RSS feeds. There are still no reliable ways for determining this (and it's questionable whether there will ever be), so I will be gathering this information from various sources, all of which will be listed with the stats. The most reliable source is currently FeedBurner since it has stats for a large number of feeds.

Information about the RSS reader market share can be quite skewed by online aggregators. For example, if you've used Bloglines for a while and then abandonded it while leaving your feeds active, Bloglines will still keep you marked as a subscriber and this will count in FeedBurner stats. Care should also be taken to eliminate the frequency of updates, so that unique visits are counted and not each and every hit. FeedBurner supposedly takes care of this.



Description: Top 20 RSS Readers across FeedBurners most highly subscribed 1000 feeds
Date: June 29, 2005
Source: Datamation
1My Yahoo59.02%
2Bloglines10.42%
3Firefox LiveBookmarks4.20%
4NetNewsWire3.74%
5iTunes 3.37%
6iPodder 2.38%
7NewsGator Online1.82%
8Pluck 1.59%
9FeedDemon 1.56%
10Reader notidentified1.02%
11Apple CFNetworkGeneric Client 0.96%
12SharpReader 0.86%
13Thunderbird 0.82%
14Safari RSS 0.61%
15iPodderX 0.54%
16LiveJournal 0.52%
17NewsGatorOutlook Edition 0.51%
18RSS Bandit 0.50%
19RssReader 0.34%
20Opera RSS Reader0.33%
Description: Top 20 RSS Readers across FeedBurners most highly subscribed 1000 feeds, excluding 10 most popular feeds
Date: June 29, 2005
Source: Datamation
1Bloglines19.49%
2NetNewsWire 10.07%
3iTunes 9.53%
4Firefox Live Bookmarks 7.25%
5iPodder 7.17%
6My Yahoo 6.68%
7FeedDemon 4.23%
8NewsGator Online 3.83%
9Reader not identified 3.07%
10Pluck 2.07%
11SharpReader 1.91%
12iPodderX 1.77%
13Thunderbird 1.75%
14Safari RSS 1.75%
15LiveJournal 1.44%
16NewsGator Outlook Edition 1.27%
17Apple CFNetwork Generic Client1.21%
18RSS Bandit 0.99%
19Opera RSS Reader0.90%
20Sage /td>0.82%
Description: Stats for a single feed (gathered through FeedBurner)
Date: December 17, 2004
Source: ReadWriteWeb
1Bloglines51%
2NetNewsWire 7%
3Firefox Live Bookmarks6%
4FeedDemon5%
5NewsGator 4%
6SharpReader3%
7RSS Bandit3%
8Radio Userland2%
9My Yahoo!2%
10The rest17%
Description: Stats for a single feed (diveintomark.org)
Date: November 18, 2003
Source: DiveIntoMark.org
1NetNewsWire45.37%
2SharpReader15.41%
3FeedDemon8.58%
4NewsGator7.61%
5Radio Userland4.65%
6nntp//rss4.02%
7Straw2.23%
8Amphetadesk2.08%
9RSS Bandit1.75%
10NewsMonster1.75%
11FeedOnFeeds1.45%
12Syndirella1.41%
13Shrook0.92%
14NewsDesk0.87%
15FeedReader0.68%
16Awasu0.48%
17Aggie0.29%
18EFFNews0.29%
19Hep0.15%

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