Apple removes VLC app from App Store, GPL to blame

By Emil
Jan 10, 2011
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  1. Apple has removed the VLC application from its App Store. The app was first released four months ago, even though many believed it would not be able to make it through Apple's vetting process. "On January 7th, Apple removed VLC media player from its application store for iDevices," Rémi Denis-Courmont, a Linux and VLC developer, said in a statement. "Thus the incompatibility between the GNU General Public License and the AppStore terms of use i...

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  2. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 399   +17

    It would also be good to point out that Rémi Denis-Courmont works for Nokia.
  3. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,011   +18

    Please elaborate further.
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    another reason why not to get the icrap. no flash, no vlc, no non-approved apple aps......
  5. More like Apple to blame
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,708   +1,887

    What does that even have to do with this issue? And that question is coming from someone who usually doesn't know or care, what the thread topic even is.

    Steve Jobs is reaching out from the grave to smite his competition? VLP is malware maybe? Gimme a break.
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,715   +397


    You can't get it from the App Store anymore. Thats it. You can still download it and install it on your own (just like Windows users have to do).
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,708   +1,887

    Well then, in that light, it makes perfect sense for Apple to remove it. After all, why would Apple allow you access to a free app that works great, when they could sell you one that may, or may not?
  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,715   +397

    That is a valid point. Apple provides the App Store for convience, and they approve, they get to decide, what goes there. If you don't like it, then ok, get the app elsewhere.

    This is essentially bitching about nothing. Nobody has an 'app store' for Windows (yet). But, lets say someone did, say TheHun did. Now TheHun has all kinds of apps, almost every program you can get for windows they have. But they don't have them all. Would there be outrage? No, because people get their apps from the source. Apple is bypassing the source to make it more convenient, and they have rules - don't like the rules ok.

    You can still get it the way you would have before the concept of an 'app store' even existed. This is manufactured outrage for site hits.
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,708   +1,887

    Unfortunately, this just corroborates the opinion many tech savvy Windows users have about a large portion of Apple's consumer base. They're well dressed enough, but babes in the woods when being asked to deal with technology beyond the original point of purchase, "you hand the clerk your credit card, he, (or she), hands you the box", paradigm.
    We'll get into that in just a minute.
    See, I told you we'd get into that in just a minute.

    But I must say, you're painting with a fairly wide brush with that statement.

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