VLC Expected to Break 3B Downloads at CES, Will Add Airplay Soon

VLC Expected to Break 3B Downloads at CES, Will Add Airplay Soon

VLC may be the most popular media player for desktop and mobile, and it's not just us that are saying that, but the numbers look impressive as well.

VLC is made by a non-profit outfit called VideoLan and runs entirely on donations so it is a wonder it is still with us. But, don't judge a book by its cover.

The 3 billion downloads mark was probably reached today thanks to the sixth update in the "Vetinari" series. According to Variety, it is expected that VLC will surpass its downloads goal at some point in the day on Friday.

Looking ahead, VLC will soon be adding support for AirPlay, making it possible for users to easily share videos from their mobile devices to Apple TVs. The addition, which is due in the upcoming version 4 of VLC, is the biggest new feature since the service added Chromecast support last summer.

The new feature will be available in the forthcoming VLC 4.0, according to a Techcrunch report, making it one of the biggest new features since the addition of support for Google's Chromecast devices a year ago. The development team reverse-engineered several VR headsets in order to natively support VR video in the VLC app (watching a 2D movie in a virtual movie theater).

They went this route because using the SDKs from these manufacturers would have added hundreds of MB of code to VLC.

Mr. Kempf has been quoted saying that this feature could end up rolling out to Android devices using VLC in about a month.

Since VLC is used as support to stream from other apps and vice-versa, the team wants to build a comprehensive media library so it will be easier to switch from iTunes. Kempf was quick to clear up any doubts.

Can you believe VLC will have 3 billion downloads?

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