Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Dec 2009 00:18 UTC
Mac OS X MacNN has just published an important news item regarding the future of the Mac OS X version of the VLC mdia player. According to VLC's developers, the Mac version is at risk of being discontinued due to a lack of developers. Update: The VLC developers claim that Apple is working against them: "Apple doesn't want us on the Mac platform and is blocking us a lot, and refuses to explain why."
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by eksasol on Thu 17th Dec 2009 05:05 UTC
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Perian is okay, but does not encompass as much features. VLC can play corrupted videos (not even ffdshow can do that), more formats and integrated other useful features that QuickTime don't have. Besides, I hate QuickTime even if it does support all formats.

I am actually surprised that Apple even allow a competing media players to be installed to their operating system. Given the fact that they don't allow you to develop some iPhone apps that compete with their own, their aggressive behaviors such as the Psystar case, their anti-use of open source formats in HTML5. Also if you import videos to your iTunes, it only support formats like MPEG4 and H.264. So it's good that Apple even allow to playback formats other than their own in their operating system.

I had wish that they didn't stop developing VLC for WindowsMobile os, that was probably due to lack of developers too. (The only other decent video player for WinMo is CorePlayer which cost $30, and it's only decent.) If VLC does cease for Mac, you can still use the Windows version through Darwine. You can use MPC + ffdshow with Darwine also. I only use VLC when ffdshow failed to play a video, which is rarely.

Edited 2009-12-17 05:08 UTC

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