The Most Popular Media Player on Earth

This media player has been downloaded more than 1 Billion times and outperforms both iTunes & Windows Media Player.–PC Pitstop.

The Most Popular Media Player on Earth

by Bob Rankin

Do you play music or videos on your PC, Mac or mobile device? Frustrated with the limitations of iTunes or Windows Media Player? Here comes VLC Media Player to the rescue! Read on…

VLC Media Player: A Better Way

VLC Media Player is one of the most popular programs on Earth; it passed the one-billion-downloads mark in 2012. Today, it’s available on more operating systems than any other media player, and it just keeps getting better.

Version 2.2.0 of VLC Media Player was released on February 27 in the program’s first all-platforms simultaneous release. That includes desktop versions for Windows, Mac OS X, and several flavors of Linux; mobile versions for Apple/iOS, Android, and Windows Phone; and even versions for Windows RT and Android TV.

The latest version includes highly desired new features like the ability to detect vertically oriented video and rotate it automatically, and the ability to re-start a video at the point where you left off or closed it accidentally. Additionally, over 1,000 bugs have been fixed in this release and support for a “very large number” of unusual codecs has been added, further reducing the chance that you will ever encounter a multimedia file that VLC can’t play.

VLC Media Player

The iOS version’s user interface has been made more like iTunes and the Android version now conforms to Google’s new Material Design standards. “Moving VLC to the mobile world was difficult, but the difficult is done,” VideoLAN President Jean-Baptiste Kempf said in a statement. “VLC runs everywhere, plays everything.”

That is the whole point of VLC Media Player, of course. The open-source project got its start in 2001, a time when numerous software developers were trying to establish dominance in multimedia by imposing their proprietary file formats on everyone. VLC set out to support Windows Media Video (WMV), Apple QuickTime (MOV), RealPlay’s RealAudio and RealVideo, and every other format. Today, it’s the Swiss Army Knife of media players. Just install VLC on every device you own and don’t worry about converting one file format to another.

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4 thoughts on “The Most Popular Media Player on Earth

  1. I’m quite sure I’ve been using it for aroun 15 years. Came included on my new computers from eMachines, Dell and HP. Also came on a refurbished IBM. I use it for everything but actual DVD’s. For DVD I use Power DVD and that may be more from habit. Great program, I have yet to find a video it won’t play.

  2. I always had a copy of VLC on my Desktops, Laptop even through my monster video download days. Their names escape me now but they were loaded with podcasts, radio and every kind of music imaginable they got so big they went the way of the dinosaur. Now I’ve forgotten little VLC and have WMP, iTunes, Quick Time Player all doing the same thing musically why have I now as I’ve grown older become so much dumber and made my 12GB of MP3’s so much harder to acquire when I want to. Especially a particular selection. Me thinks it time to hit the musical gym. *

  3. Personally I don’t like VLC but not because it is a bad piece of software. I know a lot of people who do use it and it does work great it just isn’t my personal preference. I would recommend it to anyone who doesn’t already have a player they like. It plays pretty much anything you throw at it.

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