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VLC Video Player Coming to iPad

This is the most exciting iPad app news for a while: VLC, the play-anything video client for OS X, Windows, Linux and more, is coming to the iPad. The application has been ported to the tablet and is already sitting on line in the App Store approval queue. It should be available next week.

VLC is an open-source media-player maintained by a bunch of French school-kids, as well as anyone else who wants to help. The iPad version has been ported by developer Applidium, and will, like other versions of the app, be free.

VLC is the grandaddy of video playback. It will play just about any file you choose to throw at it, supports subtitles and even streaming (if you managed to watch last week’s streaming Apple event on non-Apple hardware, you were probably using VLC). On a computer, it is essential (if only to allow you to skip the ads and trailers at the beginning of a DVD).

An iPad version will let you play XviD, H.264, MPEG4, FLAC, 3GP, MP3, MPEG2 and AVI files on a device that only supports one video format natively. It will most likely be doing this in software, which will mean that your iPad may take a battery hit compared to watching a properly converted movie, but so what? The convenience of throwing any torrented movie onto your iPad will outweigh that.