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As you probably know, the iPhone and iPod Touch make terrific video players--but they're limited in terms of the video formats they support. If you've got, say, Divx or MKV files you want to watch, you're out of luck unless you run them through a converter first--a time-consuming hassle, to say the least. If you're lucky enough to own an iPad, the VLC Media Player app enables you to work around this limitation by playing virtually all video formats, no conversion required. Even better news: it's now available for iPhone and iPod Touch as well. (Specifically, it's compatible with the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and "recent" iPod Touches--which appears to mean third- and fourth-gen models.)

As with the iPad version, you copy videos to the app by way of iTunes' file-sharing feature: connect your device, click the Apps tab, scroll down to the File Sharing area, and then choose VLC. Click the Add button and find the video(s) you want to load up. They sync instantly (and quickly).

The app itself is pretty basic, offering little more than basic shuttle controls. It lacks a zoom-to-full-screen button like you find in most video players, but at least this updated version does allow you to delete videos right on your device, rather than having to manage them within iTunes.

We threw all kinds of videos at VLC, and it played each one without a hiccup. Your mileage may vary, especially with more-obscure file formats, but we think it's a safe bet that if you want to watch a video--any video--on your late-model iPhone or Touch, this should do the trick. Amazingly enough, VLC is free, which means it's absolutely worth checking out.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Discontinued Due to Nutjob Lawsuit"

    February 2, 2011  |   By zunipus

    Version: VLC Media Player 1.1

    Pros

    This is the most universal media player on the planet.

    Cons

    You can't get it any longer due to a lawsuit. :-(

    Summary

    Thanks to some nutjobs who don't like Open Source software being available at the iTunes app store, you can no longer obtain VLC for iDevices. Google on the net for details. This is a very sad situation. Possibly the folks who ported this version of VLC to iDevices will be vindicated and it will return to availability, but not in the near future unfortunately.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "just too bad...."

    November 30, 2010  |   By Shynnzu

    Version: VLC Media Player 1.0

    Pros

    supports lots of platforms and it plays a lot of video codecs.

    Cons

    NOT stable.

    Summary

    i used this software for my ipad, imac and windows 7. sure it is a good thing that it plays all my videos. but the thing is, it is NOT stable enough. for my windows 7, it is NOT running smoothly, with a lot of lags while playing real medias. same for imac, but with even more issues, like the player closes when i adjust the playback position. in ipad, it will just close up when i am watching for 5 minutes or so. if there is improvement, this is going to be the best player around. cheers

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  • 5.0 stars

    "VLC Player is King!!"

    November 12, 2010  |   By Konfirmed79

    Version: VLC Media Player 1.0

    Pros

    NO MORE converting movie files to watch on iOS devices. Easy to use and manage. Very well built for it beginning the first version. VLC at it's best!

    Cons

    Just one, all videos don't stretch to fit screen. Need a zoom button!

    Summary

    It's the best video player around, now on your iOS devices! AND IT'S FREE!

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