VLC for iOS 2.4.0 & 2.4.1

After a 5 month hiatus and a couple of delays in between, we are very happy to release version 2.4.1 of VLC for iOS to the general public today. Please see our press release for cross-platform information.

As an introductory remark, make sure to get the legitimate version of VLC. There are a number of clones on the iOS App Store right now, which violate both our copyright and our trademarks, include advertisement and usually charge $1 to $5 per download. We sent 39 DMCA take down notices against 48 apps over the cause of the last 12 months and in the end, we always succeeded. However, this can take up to 3 months, even for seemingly obvious violations.

As a consequence to those continued violations, VLC for iOS’s source code repository will no longer be publicly accessible, but archives of the stable releases only.

So, what’s new in VLC for iOS?

  • Support for iPhone 6 and 6+
  • Native support for Plex using their custom protocol
  • File Sharing with third party apps
  • Media library search
  • Custom URL scheme based on x-callback-url
  • Greatly improved UPnP support
  • In addition to uploading media via WiFi, you can also download all the media stored within VLC using a simple web browser
  • Streaming and folder support for Google Drive
  • Flat folder synchronization via iTunes
  • Options for default playback speed and FTP text encoding
  • On-the-fly audio and subtitles track synchronization
  • And a large number of small features, improvements and bug fixes as well as a new translation to Traditional Chinese.

This release removes support for Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3) and Dolby TrueHD (MLP) for the foreseeable future due to a content dispute with Dolby Laboratories, which could not be resolved in a different way.

We are very happy with this major version of VLC for iOS and hope that you’ll like it as much as we do. Further, we are excited about the things we have in our pipeline for the forthcoming releases. A first beta of version 2.5 will be released to our testers today.

13 thoughts on “VLC for iOS 2.4.0 & 2.4.1”

  1. I also used to playback my content at 1.10% the normal speed, which was perfect for me while still being able to understand dialogue. Now, with this update, I can only jump to either 50, 100, 150, 175 or 200%. Why the change?

    1. You can still use the finer granularity within the playback view. It’s just that we limited the default value to those percentages. Maybe we will add a few more levels in a subsequent release (bad thing is, you can’t do easily a slider for range in the settings dialog).

  2. Hi,
    First i have to congratulate all ur team effort for VLC software to be so good and easy to use.
    About new update, im having problem playing movies that uses AC3 codec. When i start the file this is the error:

    “Codec not supported
    VLC could not decode the format ‘a52’ (A52 Audio (aka AC3))”

    Before this update i saw many videos with perfect sound, now no audio.
    Tks in advance

      1. so whats solution to it? because there are quit a lot movies using AC3 format 🙁

        and thank you for your all effort to make this good and useful app, i like it 🙂

        1. The patent holder refuses to negotiate with us any further after we removed the affected codec, so we are in a dead end here.

  3. How do we downgrade to apreviouis version so we can actually hear the audio on our videos?? I find this always helps..

    1. I’m not aware of a way to do that, unless you did a backup with iTunes. Maybe iTunes Support knows a way, but we don’t.

  4. Hi,
    Welcome the much awaited update, albeit very sadly that it does not allow AC3 video playback.
    Is there a work around like installing the previous version which allowed the playback?If so, please let me know the detailed steps to be followed since I am not a technical person.

    Thanks in advance.

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