Universal Video Player VLC On Its Way To An iPad Near You

Universal Video Player VLC On Its Way To An iPad Near You

The popular open-source media player VLC is headed to an iPad near you thanks to App Store developer Applidium… and while it’s currently waiting for approval, there’s every indication that this time, Apple will let it through.

That wouldn’t have been the case a few months ago: Apple had tended to reject media playing apps from the App Store for “duplicating functionality.” This was an extraordinary headache for individuals who wanted to watch media on their iOS devices without first undergoing the cumbersome conversion process to QuickTime compatible MP4.

Recently, though, that’s started to change, with Apple approving more universal media-playing apps like OPlayer and CineXPlayer. If the new VLC is subject to the same standards, it should have no problem getting through the approval process.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed that it does. VLC has long obviated QuickTime on my Mac. I’m ready to let it do the same for my iPad as well.

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  • Guest

    Wow! Another good addition to your iPad.

  • Raj

    If you check out the original VLC that is on the ipad and for those lucky enough to have it before they removed it, it was/is totally awesome. Its super sad that this is not on everyone’s iPad 2.

    I also write my own blog, if you have the time, please check it out.

    http://slicedapple-raj.blogspo

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