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VLC app now available again for iOS

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 20 Jul 2013 11:40 User comments (5)

VLC app now available again for iOS VLC, one of the most popular media player applications of all-time, is finally available again in the Apple App Store.
VLC for iOS is now available across the world as long as you have iOS 5.1 or later. The app is supported across the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

The new app, version 2.0, is open-source just as its desktop counterpart is, and the code will be made available online, licensed under the Mozilla Public License Version 2 and the GNU General Public License Version 2.

Apple pulled the first version of the VLC app in January 2011 because of conflicts with parts of the GPL license and the App Store's own rules. Being licensed under the MPLv2 should eliminate all those issues.

"We worked hard with all major copyright holders to not repeat history and we are confident to have achieved this goal," VideoLAN noted, via TNW.

VideoLAN notes that the new app is much faster than version one, and can support all video files that the desktop does. The desktop version has been downloaded over 1 billion times.


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5 user comments

120.7.2013 11:53

GRAB IT NOW!!! before they pull it again :p


XXYYQQOO!!! Yeah WELCOME TO JAMROCK

220.7.2013 23:24

Available world wide? Lies. All lies. I tried to download it but iTunes says it's not available in the Canadian Store. So false hope until I see it!


ahhhhh!!! cobras

320.7.2013 23:40

The VLC team brought it upon themselves. There are plenty of GPL-only apps in the App Store that do not get removed. Why? Because Apple does not really care that they are that way and those apps do not make unreasonable requests like 'please do not add useless DRM'. Sure the DRM is useless, but it's technically useless for any free app as well.

The VLC project was the only one anal enough to care that GPL and App Store are not exactly 100% compatible and so they asked Apple to change their policy. For something like the walled garden of iOS I don't see what the difference is between having the automatic DRM and not especially when not jailbroken. Asking Apple to make changes just for the few apps that happen to be open source under GPL is very unreasonable.

As if it matters to the consumer anyway. They just want the app. Back when it was removed from the App Store that was a major loss for both the consumer and the VLC team. But in my opinion it is still the VLC team's fault.

421.7.2013 15:26

Originally posted by audvare:
The VLC team brought it upon themselves. There are plenty of GPL-only apps in the App Store that do not get removed. Why? Because Apple does not really care that they are that way and those apps do not make unreasonable requests like 'please do not add useless DRM'. Sure the DRM is useless, but it's technically useless for any free app as well.

The VLC project was the only one anal enough to care that GPL and App Store are not exactly 100% compatible and so they asked Apple to change their policy. For something like the walled garden of iOS I don't see what the difference is between having the automatic DRM and not especially when not jailbroken. Asking Apple to make changes just for the few apps that happen to be open source under GPL is very unreasonable.

As if it matters to the consumer anyway. They just want the app. Back when it was removed from the App Store that was a major loss for both the consumer and the VLC team. But in my opinion it is still the VLC team's fault.
That's the most backwards logic I've hears this week, you are blaming the victim, for the actions of completely unreasonable, and consumer unfriendly practices by a very large and powerful company. People like you is the reason we can't move forward with beneficial technologies. But hey, enjoy your branding, cattle.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 21 Jul 2013 @ 15:26

I'll stick my foot up your ass.

522.7.2013 11:11

Originally posted by Red_Forman:
Originally posted by audvare:
The VLC team brought it upon themselves. There are plenty of GPL-only apps in the App Store that do not get removed. Why? Because Apple does not really care that they are that way and those apps do not make unreasonable requests like 'please do not add useless DRM'. Sure the DRM is useless, but it's technically useless for any free app as well.

The VLC project was the only one anal enough to care that GPL and App Store are not exactly 100% compatible and so they asked Apple to change their policy. For something like the walled garden of iOS I don't see what the difference is between having the automatic DRM and not especially when not jailbroken. Asking Apple to make changes just for the few apps that happen to be open source under GPL is very unreasonable.

As if it matters to the consumer anyway. They just want the app. Back when it was removed from the App Store that was a major loss for both the consumer and the VLC team. But in my opinion it is still the VLC team's fault.
That's the most backwards logic I've hears this week, you are blaming the victim, for the actions of completely unreasonable, and consumer unfriendly practices by a very large and powerful company. People like you is the reason we can't move forward with beneficial technologies. But hey, enjoy your branding, cattle.

well said.

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