VLC media player passes 3 billion downloads, will get AirPlay support and improved VR features soon
In 1996, a group of students at Ecole Centrale Paris wondered if there was a way to efficiently stream videos across the campus. Their curiosity quickly turned into an academic project and paved the way to the early development of a media player application called VLC.
Over the past 23 years, the VLC media player has become a household name, offering a helping hand to users who are struggling to play a video file that other applications won’t support. It is available on nearly every computing platform, a rarity in the apps ecosystem. Today, VLC reached another rare milestone: It has been downloaded more than 3 billion times across various platforms, up from 1 billion downloads in May 2012.
What is equally fascinating about VLC is that its parent company, VideoLan, remains a nonprofit organization that runs solely on donations. Moreover, VLC has scaled its growth over the years without ever exploring business opportunities to make money. The application is also still free to use, does not serve ads, and is not collecting user data.
Much of the credit for this goes to Jean-Baptiste Kempf, the president and lead developer of VideoLan.
Kempf spoke to VentureBeat on the big occasion and shared what’s in store for the media application - https://venturebeat.com/2019/01/10/vlc-passes-3-billion-downloads-will-get-airplay-support-and-improved-vr-features-soon/
|VLC passes 3 billion downloads, will get AirPlay support and improved VR features soon
The VLC media player has passed 3 billion downloads across various platforms. It will soon roll out support for AirPlay and new VR features.