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VideoLAN Celebrates Over 1,000,000,000 Downloads of VLC

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VideoLAN, the non-profit behind VLC media player has announced that the application has surpassed one billion downloads. What first started as a project for students at the École Centrale Paris in the late 90's has now been downloaded over a billion times. VideoLAN, now responsible for coordinating the development of VLC, announced the news via its website today.

"VideoLAN would like to thank VLC users 1 billion times, since VLC has now been downloaded more than 1 billion times from our servers, since 2005!" the announcement read.

However, when providing data for the milestone, VideoLAN admits that the numbers are likely to be inaccurate. For one thing, the foundation doesn't include Linux download statistics as most downloads for this OS are made through distributions. For another, the stats were only started in February of 2005, and VLC's history stretches back to quite a bit before that. Judging the numbers, almost 90 percent of the downloads were for Windows machines. VideoLAN says that of the one billion downloads, 895 744 483 were for Windows.

VLC version 1.0.0 was finally released in July 2009 after more than a decade of development. Version 2.0.0 was released earlier this year, on February 18, 2012.

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    panders4 , May 10, 2012 8:36 PM
    I'll admit I have probably downloaded this 100 times on various windows machines since 2005.
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    sixdegree , May 10, 2012 8:14 PM
    This is should be a heads up for Microsoft. A free program that works better than your media player. Better do something fast about it or ends up like IE to Mozilla/Chrome.
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    Ameloma , May 10, 2012 8:45 PM
    jurassic512Yet you still can't set it to shutdown your PC after a video is finished. And you still can't get it to loop videos.IQ controls are top notch though, which is why I left MPC-HC (again), to go back to VLC.


    Just wondering, why would you want it to shut down your pc?

    Also, it can loop videos.
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    jurassic512 , May 10, 2012 8:00 PM
    Yet you still can't set it to shutdown your PC after a video is finished. And you still can't get it to loop videos.

    IQ controls are top notch though, which is why I left MPC-HC (again), to go back to VLC.
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    ben850 , May 10, 2012 8:03 PM
    For good reason.
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    sixdegree , May 10, 2012 8:14 PM
    This is should be a heads up for Microsoft. A free program that works better than your media player. Better do something fast about it or ends up like IE to Mozilla/Chrome.
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    annymmo , May 10, 2012 8:35 PM
    sixdegreeThis is should be a heads up for Microsoft. A free program that works better than your media player. Better do something fast about it or ends up like IE to Mozilla/Chrome.


    Don't change this situation, because if it will become like that it will be very good.
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    panders4 , May 10, 2012 8:36 PM
    I'll admit I have probably downloaded this 100 times on various windows machines since 2005.
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    Zingam_Duo , May 10, 2012 8:39 PM
    That one has shitty sound! A few bugs... Cannot play some quicktime movies properly. It is the best in its category but far from perfect.
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    anti-painkilla , May 10, 2012 8:42 PM
    panders4I'll admit I have probably downloaded this 100 times on various windows machines since 2005.


    Agreed, because it is easier to re-download than find the installer on another comp. I love VLC but still use wmp, because it is a resource hog and plays vids properly while folding.
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    Ameloma , May 10, 2012 8:45 PM
    jurassic512Yet you still can't set it to shutdown your PC after a video is finished. And you still can't get it to loop videos.IQ controls are top notch though, which is why I left MPC-HC (again), to go back to VLC.


    Just wondering, why would you want it to shut down your pc?

    Also, it can loop videos.
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    jryan388 , May 10, 2012 8:46 PM
    Take that, WINDOWS 8!!
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    mpioca , May 10, 2012 9:10 PM
    Had been using it for like 5 years. I made the switch to MPC-HC lately. VLC didn't always quit properly and I had the VLC icon on the tray even after i shut the program down. Had a tad bit of problem with subtitles too. But apart from these little annoyances it's a really great media player IMO. Will see if I like MPC-HC better in the long run. :) 
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    Anonymous , May 10, 2012 9:40 PM
    jurassic512:
    You can use Zoom Player to shutdown the system at the end of a playlist.
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    dilbert , May 10, 2012 10:52 PM
    And yet, no Android version :) 
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    dgingeri , May 10, 2012 10:56 PM
    I've downloaded it twice, and still don't use it. It's nice and all, but missing quite a few features that I use. It's useful for playing certain types of files that media player doesn't play, though.
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    alidan , May 10, 2012 10:58 PM
    i use zoom player as standard,
    mpc for anything zoom doesnt like
    and vlc for anything else, like streaming

    vlc is my backup backup, but i dont like the interface enough that its not just my backup.
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    guardianangel42 , May 10, 2012 10:59 PM
    anti-painkillaAgreed, because it is easier to re-download than find the installer on another comp. I love VLC but still use wmp, because it is a resource hog and plays vids properly while folding.


    Personally I still use WMP for all my music needs. I prefer the library layout and playlist creation features of WMP over every other media player I've used. I like lists but not JUST lists so WMP is almost the perfect balance for me. However I use VLC for all my video playback because it is just so much better.
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    fb39ca4 , May 11, 2012 1:11 AM
    And now MS wants to charge extra for DVD playback in windows 8. VLC, your future is bright.
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    vittau , May 11, 2012 1:55 AM
    VLC is great, but I've been using mostly GOM Player, because it's particularly good at zooming/moving/panning the video around while playing. Codec-wise it doesn't really matter much, since I use ffdshow...
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    jhansonxi , May 11, 2012 2:35 AM
    I use VLC for videos (especially .flv files) but while it's not the friendliest player it does have many features. I prefer it over Totem. For audio files and streams I use Clementine. On Windows, Foobar2000 is a good audio player.
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    twitchblade , May 11, 2012 2:40 AM
    Daum PotPlayer for video

    Foobar2000 + ASIO for music

    If you're doing anything else, you are lost... or just a typical "PC enthusiast" who really doesn't know anything.
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    michalmierzwa , May 11, 2012 5:42 AM
    I love VLC for one great feature, you can increase volume over to 200%, useful on laptops :-D
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