VLC for iOS Could Return to the App Store


The popular video player app VLC could return to the App Store, as VideoLAN’s developers have changed the majority of software modules using software licenses, which was the main reason the app was pulled from the App Store in the first place.

VLC for iOS
The VLC application for iOS devices spent some time in the App Store, but was removed because of a licensing issue: it wasn’t in conflict with Apple’s rules, but because of an explicit request submitted by Rémi Denis-Courmont, the developer in charge of the VideoLAN VLC team and the project.

The issue: The iOS version of VLC violated the GPL (General Public License) under which the original player was released. Despite the application being available as a free download, there was a stark contrast between the freedom to modify and redistribute, while respecting the rules of the licensee, and the GNU software dictated by Apple that those who downloaded the application did not redistribute or modify it in any way.

While it is too early to give any ETA for availability in the App Store, Jeann-Baptiste Kempf, president of the VideoLan and lead developer of the player, told the French PC Inpact that the updated licenses now allow the software’s return to the App Store.

[Via iPadItalia]


  • Breathless

    I hope so. For some reason I lost my old copy. iTunes can’t find it on my computer any more.

    I will even pay money!!

  • Rustybarnacle

    I got it from Cydia a long time ago, right after it was pulled from Apple. Not sure if it’s still there as I haven’t updated my Cydia apps in a very long time.

  • Maria

    I’ve since used FlexPlayer after Gary posted the spotlight. It’s pretty good, so I haven’t missed VLC app much.

    Gary’s post was titled “FlexPlayer: Watch Almost All Video Formats on iPhone Without Conversion” on Aug 5 2011. I can’t seem to post a link on this comment. Oh well.

  • Farids

    Same hare. Flex Player does a beautiful job of playing almost anything you throw at it. Thanks Gary, for introducing it 🙂

  • FragilityG4

    I never deleted VLC and still have in on my non-JB device!

  • 🙂

  • Breathless

    Flex player doesn’t play mkv’s though. And other players in the App Store can’t play ac3 audio as they don’t pay for the rights.

  • Prailor

    try searching for it yourself then drop it back into iTunes

  • Prailor

    still have it, great app, no need to convert, could use an update though lol