We told you back in November that the VLC app for the iPhone and iPad would be removed from Apple’s iOS App store, the reason the app was going to be removed was that one of the original developers of VLC, Rémi Denis-Courmont, felt that the GNU license that the VLC app is published under clashed with Apple’s DRM.
Rémi Denis-Courmont asked Apple to remove the application back in November, and now it looks like Apple has acted on this as the application has now been removed from the App store.
The reason the developer asked for the app to be removed is because VLC has a GNU Public License, this means it can be freely copied and shared between anyone, although this isn’t the case with the iPad and iPhone version as Apple inserts DRM code into every application in the App store.
I suspect we wont see the VLC app for the iPhone and iPad back in the app store anytime in the near future, which is a shame because it was a great application that allowed you to watch videos in other formats.
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