VLC prepares to add AirPlay support as it crosses 3 billion downloads

VLC hits 3 billion downloads and will soon add Air Play support

VLC Media Player is available as a free download.

VLC, which is managed by nonprofit parent VideonLAN, racked up its three billionth download at CES, where it celebrated with the live ticker pictured above. Jean-Baptiste Kempf, one of the lead developers of the popular app, told Variety in an interview that around a quarter of the downloads of the app were done on mobile devices. VideoLAN has ambitions to offer give users all the features they could possibly want from a media player - including native support for VR videos when played on the company's VR app. With its addition, it could finally mean that users will be able to beam content playing on the VLC mobile app to an Apple TV - something now not possible.

Looking ahead, VLC will soon be adding support for AirPlay, making it possible for users to easily share videos from their mobile devices to Apple TVs. The feature is to be available publicly within the next month. The VLC team will also expand VR support in the future.

According to Variety, the "team reverse-engineered most VR headsets to natively support VR video through the main VLC app" because using the SDKs provided by the headset-makers would increase the file size of VLC Media Player by hundreds of megabytes. That would mean that 2D movies could have a virtual environment which would resemble the experience of a theater, with support for headsets such as HTC Vive. Depending exclusively on the software development kits of headset manufacturers would have added hundreds of megabytes of code to VLC.

The one billion downloads mark was hit in 2012 and the 2 billion downloads mark in 2016. Let us know in the comments!