VideoLAN Announces Free VLC Player for iPad

The VideoLAN team gave Applidium the green light to port VLC Player to the iPad and, sure enough, they did. The application should hit the Apple App Store in about a week, according to the people at VideoLAN.

The VLC Player app is currently in Apple’s yard, awaiting approval. It will be provided free of charge to all users.

“After several month of porting, we are proud to announce the release of VLC for the iPad! This application stands out for two reasons,” says the the VideoLAN team, according to MacRumors.

“First, it will be available for free on the AppStore. But that's not all. VLC is an OpenSource project,” the folks behind the popular open source project say.

“We are currently preparing our patches for submission to the main VLC tree. And obviously, we will release our current working tree when the app will hit the AppStore,” the team adds.

“If everything goes well, VLC for the iPad should be available next week,” VideoLAN concludes.

Notably, the application icon will depart from the cone-styled artwork, leaving just a portion of the object to be seen.

VideoLAN is a project led and composed by a team of volunteers focused on open source in multimedia. It produces free software for multimedia, and releases it the GNU General Public License.

The player, initially dubbed VideoLAN Client, is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats, as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

In recent years the player has also become a powerful server to stream live and on demand video in several formats to the VideoLAN network and the rest of the Web.

Last updated in June for the Mac userbase, VLC Player 1.1.0 brings improved support for MKV HD, including seeking fixes, and 7.1 channels codecs, support for new codecs (Blu-Ray subtitles, MPEG-4 lossless and VP8), better streaming capabilities, and is able to read DVD-Audio files (.aob).

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