VLC Media Player Reaches iPhone, iPod touch

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News Posted: Mon, Oct 25 2010 9:44 PM
Applidium's VLC Media Player is now available on the iPhone and iPod touch, as well as the iPad, which it supported earlier. The new version is now 1.1.0.

VLC Media Player allows you to play a variety of video formats not supported natively by iOS. Remember, though, that it takes some powerful hardware for multimedia playback, and thus this app only supports the iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and the last two generations of the iPod touch.

 Here are the new version release notes:
This new version of VLC brings :
  • Runs on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and the recent iPod touches
  • You can now delete files from the application, without having to go through iTunes
  • Many more extensions are being recognized.
  • Much faster decoding thanks to assembly optimizations
It's free and open source and in the App Store here. You can watch a video hands-on below:

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I have been messing around with an Android app "VLC stream and convert" lately. It gives me the ability to stream video files to my phone over 3g, which is great for anyone with a video collection too large for a phones capacity. Not sure if there is an apple counterpart, but definitely something to check out.

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3vi1 replied on Fri, Oct 29 2010 7:27 PM

hmm, in some degree, I can see using this as a way to view video files I've saved to Dropbox without having to convert and sync through iTunes. Certainly a time saver. Are there other advantages I'm missing? Other than flash vids, I'm not really experiencing any situations where I can't view videos on my iPhone 3GS, so I still have to use the iFunia Video converter to convert the Flv videos :(

Not sure if there would be other benefits for you, but VLC plays just about everything.  It's my preferred media player on Linux - despite mplayer also being damned good.

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FINALLY...Apple must lag behind i am starting to get frustrated all my other friends have that and more and All i can do with my iPhone is dumb apps....well how is battery time and multitasking with VLC??




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JJones replied on Tue, Apr 12 2011 5:45 PM

I have used the VLC media player for quite sometime, and find it drains as much as the Youtube app. It really is a hassle to use VLC on IOS though. I would definitely suggest trying out DISH Network’s Remote Access app. I am an employee for them, and I have been using it to stream all of my DVR recordings and live TV. Super easy to set up and the app is free. Definitely check it out.

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