Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

VLC to hit 3 billion downloads, and will soon add Airplay

VLC to hit 3 billion downloads, and will soon add Airplay

VLC Media player has been with us for almost two decades and it has gone through a lot since its inception.

The new feature was revealed by Jean-Baptiste Kempf, one of the service's lead developers, in an interview with Variety at CES and it will give users a chance to beam content from their Android or iOS device to an Apple TV. With its addition, it could finally mean that users will be able to beam content playing on the VLC mobile app to an Apple TV - something now not possible.

VLC is made by a non-profit outfit called VideoLan and runs entirely on donations so it is a wonder it is still with us. The team behind the app reverse-engineered "most VR headsets" to natively support VR video through the main VLC app.

Additionally, VLC is on the verge of surpassing three billion user downloads.

You can download VLC 3.0.6 for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows right now through our free software portal or directly from the official website if you want to contribute to future download milestones.

It's part of the reason why the media player developed by VideoLAN has proved so popular, and recently passed a rather significant milestone.

The VLC development team added support for Chromecast, Google's AirPlay equivalent, earlier this year. Depending exclusively on the software development kits of headset manufacturers would have added hundreds of megabytes of code to VLC.

Mr. Kempf has been quoted saying that this feature could end up rolling out to Android devices using VLC in about a month.

"We are never going to compete with Plex or Kodi", he told Variety.

The one billion downloads mark was hit in 2012 and the 2 billion downloads mark in 2016.

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