iPhone App of the Week – VLC Media Player

By on November 21, 2010
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The popular media player finally makes onto Apple’s smartphone.

Unarguably, VideoLAN VLC media player is one of the most popular and beloved video player on the PC, much so for the fact that it can play any, and we mean any, video format right out of the box without needing to install bulky and often crappy codec kits on your PC. It was something handheld and smartphones users yearned to have it on their devices – a software that can play any video files without having to sit through countless hours of encoding files to a format so that the device can just about play it.

VideoLAN made the interwebs erupt when they released VLC for the iPad, finally allowing users to enjoy video clips without being restricted by Apple’s favorite formats on their tablet PC. And it was only time before the media player was made available on the iPhone 4, albeit with a brewing license controversy intact.

As expected, VLC for the iPhone 4 played every file we threw at it: .mkv, .avi, .wmv, .mp4, etc. There isn’t much to say beyond that since the app is extremely basic and devoid of any options. That’s one of its biggest disappointments as it does not allow to change or tinker around with the video files in any sort of way. It would at least be great to have a way to folder-ize or set filters if you tend to have a massive library of videos.

But hey, it’s free and plays any number of files smoothly. I am sure with future updates the software will be fitted with features that will make it a fully-fledged media player that it is on the PC. Every iPhone 4 user must have this app, especially with an impending ban due to license clashes with Apple’s and the software’s open source background. Be quick!


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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