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Two years ago, a dispute over open-source GPL licensing drove the free VLC for iPhone and iPad out of the App Store -- but today, a completely overhauled version of the app has returned.
VideoLAN released VLC for iOS 2.0.1 on Friday, an all-new version of the media player for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Unlike the previous release, this version is completely open-source, with a developer SDK planned for release this summer so others can tap into its video playback and library kits.
According to MacRumors, the free, universal app is packed with new features including the ability to upload files via Wi-Fi, play media (or download for offline playback) from Dropbox, video filters and AirPlay support.
"This is more than an upgrade of the initial version: it’s a full re-write," the developers note. "From the ground-up. Relying on the power of MobileVLCKit and its underlying libvlc, we started with modern video and audio output modules offering faster drawing, full support for 10bit H264 encodings, retina displays and lower latency."
Since the original VLC app was yanked in late 2010 over a GNU General Public License copyright dispute, the App Store has filled up with a long list of paid (yet subpar) media player apps, so it's nice to see one of the better solutions making a triumphant return.
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