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VLC for iPad and iPhone Back to App Store

VLC is arguably one of the most popular video player apps in the world, thanks to the fact that it can play pretty much any file format that you can throw at it. After being removed from the iTunes App Store in 2011, the VideoLAN team is set to bring the open source video player back to iOS app store and it brings a host of new features.


According to MacStories and The Next Web, the new app will be bi-licensed under both the Mozilla Public License Version 2, as well as the GNU General Public License Version 2 or later. What’s important to note here is that the app was originally removed back in 2011 because Apple’s App Store rules conflicted with parts of the GPL license. This time around, the Mozilla licensing is applied to avoid the issue from happening again.

And the MacStories spent some time with the new VLC app and though it looks pretty much the same, it’s supposed to be improved:

VLC has been completely rewritten to use modern audio and video output modules, multi-core decoding, and support for any file type supported by VLC on the desktop. In my tests, the app was able to quickly start playing any video file that I threw at it, such as .mp4 and .mkv files.

The app also lets you adjust playback speed, tweak brightness, contrast, saturation, etc. and supports subtitles. Here’s some of VLC iOS features:

  • Wi-Fi Upload: Allows users to upload files directly to the iOS version of VLC through a web browser on the PC or Mac.
  • Dropbox Integration: Play media directly from Dropbox or download it for offline playback.
  • Download from Web: Download files from any web server for offline playback
  • Network Streams: Play any network streams support by VLC media player for desktop operating systems
  • 3rd-Party App Integration: Any app with a ‘share’ dialog can use VLC for iOS for media playback
  • Video Filters: Video playback can be modified for brightness, contrast, hue, saturation or gamma in real time.

If you’re looking to play videos on your iPhone and iPad, VLC is probably going to be your best bet. You can download VLC 2.0 for iOs from the App Store for free.