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Two Years After It Was Pulled, VLC Returns to iOS

By - Source: Tom's Guide US | B 7 comments

Guess what's back?

VLC fans and iPhone and iPad owners will remember when their beloved application was pulled from the app store in January of 2011. Though it's been two years and you've likely learned to live life without VLC on your iOS device, this fine Friday brings some good news. VLC for iOS is back!

The VLC for iOS app was launched in October of 2010 but pulled just a few months later due to licensing issues. According to The Next Web, VideoLAN requested it be removed because App Store Rules conflict with parts of the GPL license under which the app was released. VideoLAN is hoping to avoid a case of history repeating itself. As such, TNW reports that the code has been bi-licensed under MPLv2 as well as the GNU General Public License Version 2 or later.

The application is free for download worldwide and requires iOS 5.1 or later to run. Users will enjoy a faster performance, and support for network streams, video filters, passcode lock, background audio playback, playback speed manipulation, subtitles, multiple audio tracks, playback on external screens or AirPlay, Dropbox integration, the ability to sync media over WiFi, and more. The app current carries a 4.5 star rating on the App Store, though that's based on just 177 reviews.

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    back_by_demand , July 19, 2013 10:10 AM
    So does this mean MKV files can be played now?
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    thefiend1 , July 19, 2013 10:29 AM
    Yes its back - but what can I do with it? I havent found any written details.
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    falchard , July 19, 2013 11:42 AM
    VLC is a lightweight media player that pretty much plays any media format you throw at it.
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    back_by_demand , July 19, 2013 3:45 PM
    Surely Apple would pull it themselves, with this I can play torrented files with no conversion and am not forced to buy TV or movies from iTunes - doesn't that warrant the automatic Apple Ban Hammer?
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    tntom , July 20, 2013 12:58 PM
    The platform that needs this more than any is WP7 and WP8. That is one major reason why I shy from using my WP7.5 smartphone.
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    antilycus , July 22, 2013 7:59 AM
    it's to "Open". Apple will remove it.
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