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An Update on Google Reader Support in Play, Look and Listen

posted Jun 27, 2013, 9:21 AM by Paul Barnett
We have an important update coming to Play, Look and Listen that will remove Google Reader support and offer you two new options.  You will be able to use the application without signing into any account or you will be able to sign in to a Dropbox account and have your podcast subscriptions and bookmarks roam with you across all of your devices.  This update is currently in the approval process for Windows Phone, Windows 8 and iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users.  We are hopeful that we will receive approval prior to the July 1st shutdown of Google Reader.  If we do not receive approval in time, you will still not lose your podcast subscriptions provided that you do not uninstall the current version of the application from your device(s).

Here's what to expect:  When the Play, Look and Listen update is available for your device, please install it as soon as possible.  Do not remove the current version of the application.  The first time you launch the application after the update, you will be asked if you want to continue using the same list of subscriptions that you had in Google Reader.  If you answer "Yes", your subscription list will be upgraded.  The upgrade process may take several minutes as it will need to sync each feed on your list.  When the upgrade process is complete, all of your subscriptions will be displayed.  Note that bookmarks you had will not be preserved but new bookmarks that you create going forward will be preserved.  Also note that episodes that you might have already listened to or watched may re-appear in your list.  This is a one-time reset of this information.

While the upgrade is in progress, you will also be asked to either sign into a Dropbox account or choose to use the application without syncing across devices.  You can create a free Dropbox account at  You can change your mind later by going into the settings for Play, Look and Listen and changing the "Sync Service" setting.

We realize that some of you might want to sync across devices but not use Dropbox.  We are investigating adding additional sync services.

What about Android?

We are feverishly working on completing an all-new implementation of our Android version.  We hope to have it ready before Google Reader shuts down.  The new Android version will initially look somewhat like the current version but is almost completely new underneath.  This new version will allow us to more rapidly add new features, address issues and keep the feature set on par with our other platforms.