Why Should I Use VLC Media Player?
VLC started as an academic project back in 1996, when the web was still in its infancy and
remains today to be one of the best and most-respected open source media players in the
online world. Not only is it a highly versatile multimedia player that plays DVDs, VCDs, and
a host of audio and video formats, it also can work as a server, streaming on-demand and
Whether you’re a technological expert, or don’t know how to do much more online than
check your e-mail, VLC Media Player is a great alternative to other players. VLC has enough advanced features for the techie to optimize to his heart’s content and enough simplicity for the average user to navigate easily.
VLC plays virtually every type of audio or video formats and files. It also works with most
platforms – Windows, Mad, Linux and Unix. It even has the uncanny ability to play all but
the most damaged DVDs and CDs. VLC also ignores region code encryption on DVDs, so you can enjoy your favorite DVDs, no matter where they were created.
If you’re not sold yet, keep reading: best of all, VLC is completely, 100% FREE and always
Why is VLC Free?
VLC is completely free because it’s open source software.
What’s open source software? Whereas most computer software’s source code and other rights are reserved only for the copyright holder, open source software allows users to learn about, improve, change and sometimes even distribute software. In other words, anyone who knows how to code software can decide which improvements he or she thinks would be beneficial to the software, and then create those improvements.
Software also has to meet a host of other criteria before it may be officially recognized as “open source”, and number one, according to the Open Source Initiative is Free Redistribution.
The license shall not restrict any party from selling or giving away the software as a
component of an aggregate software distribution containing programs from several
different sources. The license shall not require a royalty or other fee for such sale. -http://
Usage and distribution of VLC is governed by terms of the GNU General Public License, version 2 and above. GNU hosts a copy of the license here and we also host a copy of the GPL license on our site here.
Simply The Best
Between its cost (NONE!) and versatility, VLC Player beats out other players such as Windows Media Player, RealPlayer and iTunes. It’s consistently been rated as the best open source software player time and again by satisfied users. Join these users, download VLC Player today and see why the web is abuzz with praise for this great media player.