It took thirteen years for VLC to hit version 1.0. Three years post, we now have 2.0. First released in 1996, VLC is definitive catch-all media players. It supports nearly every video and audio codec in existence. If you have a file, there is a 98 percent chance VLC can play it. VLC absolutely stomps on alternative players like QuickTime, Windows Media Player, or iTunes. With version 2.0, VLC has taken hints for curb appeal and redesigned its interface so everybody can use it.
Previously, VLC on Mac was a technical-looking grey box. Yes, it could play everything but only it’s robustness was overshadows by its dull looks. The 2.0 update contains major improvements for OS X, Windows, and Linux versions. For Mac users, the interface looks completely different. Playlists, controls, and libraries all sit in one window, resulting in a comprehensive, packaged feel.
Under the hood, more codecs have been added and multi-core and mobile decoding has been improved. The 2.0 version supports experimental Blu-ray playback.
VLC is a must have application for any computer. VideoLAN provides the program for free, but it’s good enough that I have donated to support the great work they do.
You can download versions of VLC 2.0 for Windows (XP SP2, Vista, and 7), OS X (10.5 or later on PowerPC or 32-bit and 64-bit Intel machines), and Linux.