VLC Media Player for Apple TV Launched, Brings Remote Playback and More

VLC Media Player for Apple TV Launched, Brings Remote Playback and More

The widely-used VLC Media Player is now also available for the Apple TV, which runs a customised version of iOS called tvOS. Much like its client on the other platforms, VLC’s Apple TV app offers playback of a plethora of video and audio file codecs and formats. In addition, the app can also pull videos from your local network, DLNA servers, FTP servers, and Plex.

It hasn’t been long since Apple started to sell its new Apple TV, and the platform has already attracted a lot of developers — it has over 2,600 apps in its dedicated app store as of December last year. On Tuesday, VideoLAN announced that it is bringing its popular media player VLC on Apple’s TV box.

(Also see: VLC arrives on Chrome OS)

The goal of the player is to run any media file you throw at it. This should make Apple TV customers happy as they no longer have to convert their files into a format that the Apple TV natively supports. But that’s not the only highlight of the app.

VLC for Apple TV also lets you watch your local content using SMB, UPnP and Plex protocols. But more importantly, the app offers support for remote playback, which means that you can send your file directly from a Web browser or an app to your Apple TV and it will run it.

Furthermore, the developer team added that it is working on adding support for popular cloud services such as Dropbox, OneDrive, and Box into the app soon. The feature is already available on the VLC beta app for Apple TV.

You can find the app on your Apple TV by searching for VLC in its App Store.


Apple to Start Charging for iTunes Radio

Apple to Start Charging for iTunes Radio From January 28

Apple said it will soon start charging for iTunes Radio, its music-streaming service that competes with Pandora Media Inc.

iTunes Radio, which was announced in 2013, will no longer be free from the end of January, Apple said in statement.

The ad-supported service, available only in the United States and Australia, will be folded into Apple Music, which costs $9.99 (roughly Rs. 675) a month.

Beats 1, the global 24/7 radio station, will now be the free music option for listeners.

Apple may also have plans to introduce more live streaming Beats radio stations to Apple Music. Recently filed trademark applications reveal the company’s intention of adding four more radio stations to the music streaming service. Beats 1 radio is one of the headline features of Apple Music.

The speculation of the new Beats radio stations revolves around the company applying for trademarks with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) covering names and logos of Beats 2, Beats 3, Beats 4, and Beats 5.

Apple Music in December was reported to have more than 10 million paid subscribers. The achievement comes roughly six months after the company released its app for iPhone and iPad, and roughly two months after it released a beta version of the app on Android. To compare, Spotify had 20 million paid subscribers as of last June.

Citing people familiar with the matter, the Financial Times reported that Apple’s music streaming service has hit the 10-million paid subscribers milestone. The impressive figure shows Apple Music’s quick adoption and Apple’s reach, as Spotify, presently the most widely used music streaming service has 20 million paid subscribers as of June 2015. It took the company six years to reach the 20 million figure. Spotify hasn’t revealed an updated figure since.