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iOS VLC app makes its return, in the Cydia store

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 10 Jan 2011 0:14 User comments (1)

iOS VLC  app makes its return, in the Cydia store Yesterday, we reported that Apple had pulled the popular VLC media player application from the iOS App Store, following an argument over the GPL with VLC developer Rémi Denis-Courmont.
Denis-Courmont had filed a lawsuit against Apple in late 2010.

Under a standard GNU General Public License (GPL), VLC is available for Macs, Windows and Linux machines for free, and while it was free for iOS, the open-source nature of the application was compromised by Apple, since all apps in the iOS App Store must be signed by Apple and given DRM.

Today, popular jailbreak developer Ryan Petrich has added the app to his Cydia repository.

Cydia is the completely open app market available to users who have jailbroken their iOS devices.

Says Petrich of the app: "It was pulled from the App Store and deserves a new home in Cydia.”

IDB gives instructions on how to install:

To install VLC in Cydia, open Cydia and tap “Manage.” From here, tap “Sources, then “Edit,” then “Add.” Now you will be prompted with an entry field for your new source. Add “http://rpetri.ch/repo” and click “Add Source.” Cydia will then verify the source.

Once you’ve done that, head over to “Search” in Cydia and search for “VLC media player.” You can then install Applidium’s app for free.

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1 user comment

110.1.2011 12:14

This is douche-bag-ery.

Before VLC was introduced on the App store, the developers already new the score. They read the Terms of Service, or should have, and agreed to them.

I like VLC, but I do not like strong arm tactics. Therefore I clam VLC developers are being douche-bags over VLC on iOS.

I continue to like VLC on Mac OS and Windows OS.

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