The open-source VLC Media Player app from VideoLAN reached a major milestone today as it just passed the 3 billion downloads mark on the project’s official website.
VLC is probably the most popular cross-platform media playback application available to date, used by millions of computer users worldwide on all major platforms, including GNU/Linux, Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Chrome OS, and even Windows Phone OS.
It became one of the most popular media player apps mostly because of its ability to play any type of video without needing a codec pack. Most of the widely used video and audio codecs are incorporated into the application for a hassle-free video playback experience.
VLC, the video player that’ll crunch every format you’ve heard of, plus all the ones you haven’t, is about to hit a huge milestone. Variety spotted an installation at VideoLan’s CES booth that’s counting ever-closer to the three billion download mark. The VideoLan team expects the (really) Big Three-Oh to be hit at some point on Friday, with around 25 percent of all downloads going to mobile devices.
Talking about the arrival of AirPlay support on the VLC app for Android, one of the lead developers Jean-Baptiste Kempf told Variety that the app will soon receive a major update, dubbed VLC 4, that will add support for the aforesaid feature. AirPlay is also making its way to LG’s lineup of OLED TVs and Samsung TVs, alongside a host of smart TVs from other leading manufacturers that are currently working with Apple.