VLC is a streaming media player that us much-loved by many people. The desktop version of the open source software has been downloaded more than one billion times. In September of 2010, the company that developed the program, VideoLAN, launched an iOS version so that users could watch their collection of digital movies on the iPad more freely. However, by January of 2011, VLC for iOS was pulled. Thanks to hard work, dedication, and some serious licensing agreement negotiations, VLC for iOS is back in the App Store and waiting for you.
According to TheNextWeb, VideoLAN has made VLC for iOS bi-licensed under both Mozilla Public License Version 2 and GNU General Public License Version 2. This is very good news considering one of the biggest problems the app faced in 2010 was a conflict of GPL licensing with Apple’s App Store. The Mozilla licensing will clear up any regulations violations.
“We worked hard with all major copyright holders to not repeat history and we are confident to have achieved this goal,” VideoLAN told TNW.
VLC for iOS has also been updated to be faster and better. It now supports all of the same video files that the desktop version supports. You can sync videos over Wi-Fi, Dropbox, and third-party sharing services. It features support for network streams, video filters, passcode lock, background audio playback, and playback manipulation.
VLC for iOS is available for free in the App Store today. You can easily add videos right from your computer using iTunes File Sharing right from the start.