View Full Version : VLC celebrates one billion downloads !

May 18th, 2012, 09:20 AM
VideoLAN's VLC is one of the most popular media players around, tackling most every media format under the sun with aplomb. The app has been in development since 1996 and recently hit version 2.0. It also just hit a rather important milestone: over one billion downloads.

VideoLAN didn't start tracking downloads until February 2005 and isn't making any guarantees on accuracy. The numbers also only account for downloads on Windows or OS X and the source code; Linux downloads weren't included, as most of those are made by the individual Linux distros and not necessarily by the users. It's an impressive number — if you've never checked out VLC (or want to help push the app to its next billion downloads) you can grab it from VideoLAN.



Are there any technical differences between the different platform versions of VLC? Is VLC performing/working better for any reason on a particular platform?

Yes. VLC works better on Linux, because that is the OS that the majority of the developers use. Even the Windows port is developed on Linux. There are technical differences in VLC on the platforms, notably the way we display the video and how we output the audio, because those things are very linked to the APIs of the OS.

May 18th, 2012, 10:13 AM
Big congratulations to them! :KS

May 18th, 2012, 11:15 AM
as a user of vlc, I also want to say congratulations to them. VLC just plays anything I throw at it.. :)

May 18th, 2012, 01:40 PM
A little victory for free software, this is pretty impressive :)

May 18th, 2012, 03:27 PM
Sweet. :popcorn:

If they tracked linux downloads it may have put them in to the trillions.. :lolflag:

May 18th, 2012, 05:10 PM
As a regular VLC user I have to say it is the Best! I love that it will play everything that I throw at it. I have even replaced Media play on my wifes computer with VLC. :popcorn:

May 18th, 2012, 05:10 PM
Wow, props to VLC. To me it's the go-to program for all platforms. Everybody recommends it whatever you use. I love it on Linux, and on Windows too where it effectively stops the region locking on the drive so I can play all my (perfectly legitimate and bought) multi-region DVD's. Dunno why Windows Media still insists on locking drives after five plays.

Anyway here's to the next billion. If it's not already there. :)