VLC has three billion downloads

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

[Jean-Baptiste Kempf, the president and lead developer of VLC's parent company VideoLan] then plans to update the VR app, which will enable native support for VR videos.

There is no fixed date for when this feature will be available to users, but a developer at CES did note that it's expected to launch within the next few months, allowing Android users in particular the ability to beam videos to Apple TV devices.

VideoLAN, the non-profit organisation behind the VLC media player, set up a dedicated booth at CES 2019 where a counter created using multiple smartphones and tablets kept a tab on VLC's download figures across all platforms.

You can download VLC 3.0.6 for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows right now through our free software portal or directly from the official website if you want to contribute to future download milestones.

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The 3 billion downloads mark was probably reached today thanks to the sixth update in the "Vetinari" series. As their interview continued they discussed VLC's roadmap which actually includes support for Apple's Airplay. The addition, which is due in the upcoming version 4 of VLC, is the biggest new feature since the service added Chromecast support last summer. 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.

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.

Some of the other features now in the works include a VR mode that would convert 2D content for VR headsets, along with an enhanced media library. This, however, raises the suspicion that VLC could compete with other media streaming apps like Kodi.

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