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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2009-04-05

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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by daveak on Thu 17th Dec 2009 08:12 in reply to "."
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2008-12-29

anti use? They prefer a superior codec that has hardware decoding support in one of their main product lines over an inferior codec that doesn't? They use quicktime for the support anyway so the video tag supports any format quicktime does. Including theora if you install a codec.

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by werpu on Thu 17th Dec 2009 12:05 in reply to "."
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2006-01-18


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

Apples behavior on their machines is way less dictatoric than on their end user gadets.
It comes down to one thing, dont clone our machines but for the rest feel free to do anything with it you want.
It is just that their anticompetetive behavior is slightly there in their APIs up until now there is no plugin infrastructure for their mediacentre, so that Elgato as prime source of real TV applications had hardware cannot hook into the official Apple mediacentre ui but has to provide its own.
But outside of that the entire OS is pretty open and apple does not disallow too much.
I own a mac myself but I would never ever get an iPhone and I have gotten rid of my last iPod years ago, exactly for the lock reasons Apple enforces on their gadets. I am so far pretty happy with my Android phone and the Apple computer combination!

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