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VLC Media Player: One billion downloads and counting

16 May 2012 2,801 views 5 Comments

world's number one open source media player hits a big milestone

As Perian begins its slow farewell comes news that world’s best loved open-source media player has hit an important milestone — one billion downloads. The odd things about the story is that VideoLAN, the group behind VLC Media Player, didn’t start counting until 2005 and they haven’t reckoned Linux downloads into the total.

Why odd? Because VLC development and distribution began way, way back in 1996 and VLC is a mainstay on Linux. That is, whereas Mac and Windows folks like it a lot, on Linux VLC is the default playback app in many distros and it’s by far the best solution available.

Nevertheless (the lack of plausible accountability aside), that VLC Media Player will open and play just about any video or, for that matter, audio file is a notion that’s catching on and momentum has increased since the release of version 2.0 — it’s a truly Mac-like app with great features.

Besides if you want to play a movie downloaded from somewhere encoded with some bizarro codec, then you need VLC.

Are you loving VLC Media Player?

via The Verge

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