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Google Reader replacement list grows with AOL Reader beta launch

With only days to spare before Google Reader shuts down, the list of available replacements continues to grow, and now includes AOL Reader.

Now in beta, web users with an AOL, Facebook, Google, or Twitter account can request access to the system, which collects "all your favorite websites, in one place."

Though skimpy on the details, AOL did reveal that its system's import/export options allow users migrating from another RSS reader (say, Google's soon-to-be-nixed Reader) to upload subscriptions in standard OPML format.

Once set up, users can tweak AOL Reader's layout to view subscriptions as a list of headlines, a more visual grid of cards, or an infinitely scrolling page. The customisable features are reminiscent of RSS service Feedly, which offers the same list/card/article view options.

The AOL Reader API, meanwhile, allows anyone to develop their own third-party applications for the web, desktop, and mobile.

Judging by the company's introductory graphic, the service will work with various Apple products. AOL did not elaborate on further compatability, though.

An official launch is expected sometime next week, according to Engadget. As of press time, all attempts at logging in bounce back with a "System unavailable, please try again later" message.

Have no fear, AOL haters. There are plenty of other options to fill the Google Reader void come 1 July. The popular Feedly service just last week launched Feedly cloud, and announced a standalone web version with a number of compatible applications, including gReader, Newsify, and IFTTT.

Meanwhile, news aggregator Digg is prepping to open its virtual doors next week, launching its web and mobile reading experience in phases through 26 June. There have even been rumours of a Facebook replacement, reported by developer Tom Waddington last week after spotting mentions of RSS feeds in Facebook's code.