VLC downloaded over 1 billion times

Earlier today, we reported that VideoLAN was looking into the possibility of porting their popular free media player VLC for the Metro version of Windows 8. As it turned out, the group announced on Wednesday that VLC has now been downloaded over 1 billion times from the company's servers since 2005.

In fact the total numbers for downloads and distribution for VLC may be much higher, since the program actually started development several years before 2005. In addition, as VideoLAN spokesperson Jean-Baptiste Kempf told Neowin, "How do you count download.com and other websites? How do you count all the malware sites distributing VLC? How do you count Linux distributions? How do you count DVDs from magazines with VLC on it?"

The VideoLAN VLC download number page shows that the number of VLC downloads over the years is dominated by the Windows version with over 89 percent of all downloads. Mac versions are next with just over 10 percent of VLC downloads. Linux and other downloads of VLC are listed at below 1 percent.

A VLC version for Android devices is in the works but there's no further information available. An iOS port was released but it was later pulled by Apple from the iOS App Store.

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Since I've started using KMPlayer I've found that it works better than VLC.
But maybe if it has been refined since then I will give it another shot.

It's a good player if you don't give a crap about quality. I think it would be more of a milestone if it was 1billion downloads by 1billion people.

I discovered VLC only a few years ago and I absolutely love it. Not full of crap and has wonderful features.

rock on VLC! Rock. On.

- on another note - I didn't realize they had released one for iOS and it was pulled. Off to research!

I can say this is probably accurate. Ive been using VLC for years. I myself have probably downloaded it about 100 times for various reasons.

ShareShiz said,
I can say this is probably accurate. Ive been using VLC for years. I myself have probably downloaded it about 100 times for various reasons.
I have downloaded it many many times for the same reasons. I want to see how many unique users are using VLC, and I bet it is no where close to a billion.

tsupersonic said,
I have downloaded it many many times for the same reasons. I want to see how many unique users are using VLC, and I bet it is no where close to a billion.

Obviously...

Easily the best player i have ever used..plays all my videos files...whether that be MKV, AVI, MP4, WMV...it never skips a beat...

Will always use VLC and even if in windows 8 they need to charge id happily pay for it.

I got to say.. I downloaded the player for watching stream movies. It really is very user friendly and come with nice set of tools for your viewing comfort. Good for them. Makes the competition rethink strategies to look into what we really want.

It's open sourced correct? Microsoft should make this a STANDARD. Can anybody explain to me why codecs aren't pre-installed in programs like Quicktime and WMP?

xXgreatestever said,
It's open sourced correct? Microsoft should make this a STANDARD. Can anybody explain to me why codecs aren't pre-installed in programs like Quicktime and WMP?

Codecs aren't open source, but the software can be, hence various codec packs....plus, and I might be wrong, but it may seem monopolistic to a lot of people...not to mention, it would take it from being open source to being proprietary

Russell Green said,

No. It's not ready.


I dont give a **** if it is not ready. Release a beta version on the site. If you are willing to beta test it, just download it and side load it.

The percentages of downloads of VLC by platform (OS) appear to be representative of market adoption percentages of said platform (OS).

ahinson said,
The percentages of downloads of VLC by platform (OS) appear to be representative of market adoption percentages of said platform (OS).

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