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Is reader.mac.com dead?

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Roger Long Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 8, 2012 5:04 PM

Clicking on RSS links used to redirect through reader.mac.com. With the demise of MobileMe, do we no longer have built-in support for rss feeds?

iPad 3G, iOS 5.1.1, 32GB
  • chillinam Calculating status...
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    Aug 1, 2012 6:07 PM (in response to Roger Long)

    Sadly, it appears so... as of today Mac.com is shutdown, finally, and the reader.mac.com rss reader web app is no longer functioning... no redirects, just a "service not available" from the web server. I can find no information on this anywhere. Looks like an oversight on Apple's part... or possibly a function that will be included in the next iOS version of mobileSafari, forcing incentive to upgrade in the Apple way... by breaking previous functionality. I hope I'm wrong, though, and service will be restored soon.

  • chillinam Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 1, 2012 6:15 PM (in response to chillinam)

    wow! and seconds after I posted its back up. Apple... that is some fine customer service!

  • xtremecarbon Level 4 Level 4 (2,235 points)
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    Aug 1, 2012 6:47 PM (in response to Roger Long)

    Reader is not up for me. Just get an error. As you may or may not know, RSS has been gone in Safari since OSX Lion, replacing it with Reader list.

  • chillinam Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 13, 2012 10:05 AM (in response to Roger Long)

    Well, the feed reader has been down again for the last few days. I get a variety of errors when I try to load a feed in mobile Safari:

     

    1)

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    Application: FeedReader

    Error: java.lang.IllegalStateException exception

    Reason:

    java.lang.IllegalStateException: An Exception occurred while generating the Exception page 'WOExceptionPage'. This is most likely due to an error in 'WOExceptionPage' itself or WebObjects encountered an uncaught exception while creating a Session object.

     

     

    Below are the logs of the original Exception which occured in com.mac.feedreader.Application, then the later Exception in WOExceptionPage.

     

    Original Exception:

    java.io.FileNotFoundException: /opt/Grove/FRR/FRR-02/Local/IS/Applications/FeedReader.woa/Contents/Resources/S ubscription.wo/Subscription.html (Too many open files)

     

    WOExceptionPage Exception:

    com.webobjects.foundation.NSForwardException [com.webobjects.foundation.NSForwardException] null

     

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    2)

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    .Mac Reader Error  

     

    Server Not Responding

     

    We can't get to the feed you requested right now. It may be too slow or unreachable.

     

     

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    3)

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    Http/1.1 Service Unavailable

     

     

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    Can someone please notify whomever is master of the mobile Safari RSS feed server that it is broken and needs attention. Thanks.

  • eddy kestemont Level 2 Level 2 (480 points)
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    Aug 13, 2012 10:59 PM (in response to chillinam)

    Finally back up and running here. Hope this doesn't mean it will disappear in iOS 6 like in Safari 6 !

  • AppleSean Calculating status...
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    Jul 6, 2013 5:04 PM (in response to Roger Long)

    Can anyone confirm whether the RSS reader works in iOS 6 for the iPhone?

  • Alfred DeRose Level 5 Level 5 (5,590 points)
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    Jul 6, 2013 5:44 PM (in response to AppleSean)

    It's dead. There are many good rss readers for iPhone/iPad though.

  • chillinam Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 6, 2013 6:32 PM (in response to AppleSean)

    > Can anyone confirm whether the RSS reader works in iOS 6 for the iPhone?

     

    The MobileSafari, server-side rss application is still live for iOS 5; though dot mac is long gone, they still serve it from  [-    http://reader.mac.com/mobile/v1/http%3A%2F%2F<feed.address.here>     -]. I expect Apple disabled the code in iOS6 for Mobile Safari to automatically recognize a feed address and forward it to reader.mac.com, but I'd be very surprised if the server recognizes iOS6 browsers and blacklists them. Someone that knows JavaScript well should relatively easily be able to mostly restore that functionality with a bookmarklet: the bookmarklet prompts for an rss feed address and then it loads your feed using reader.mac.com.

  • Alfred DeRose Level 5 Level 5 (5,590 points)
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    Jul 7, 2013 3:11 PM (in response to chillinam)

    You're right chilinam, it does work on that URL. You're also right that the redirect in Safari on iOS 6 is disabled. RSS feeds now redirect to the podcast app asking if the user wants to subscribe.

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