VLC 3.1 for Android brings back Android Auto support, adds Launcher shortcuts, and more

The developers behind popular media player VLC have released a major update for Android devices… including smartphones, tablets, Android TV and Android Auto. VLC 3.1 is available for download from the Google Play Store and supports Android 4.2 and later. The VLC team has dropped support for older versions of Android in order to user […]

Plex pulls the plug on plugins (and cloud sync), adds online subtitle search

Media center software Plex is adding a few new features… and taking some away. Plex is a client and server system that lets you stream your personal media collection to multiple devices. For instance, you can set up a server on your PC or NAS and use it to stream your music, movies, and photos […]

SPMC and MrMC: A tale of two Kodi forks for Android… becoming one

Popular open source, cross-platform media player Kodi is available for Linux, Mac, Windows, and Android, among other operating systems. But while there’s a version of Kodi in the Google Play Store, you won’t find Kodi in the Amazon Appstore, which means you have to jump through some hoops if you want to install it on […]

VLC 3.0 media player launches with Chromecast, 8K support

Popular multimedia app VLC has just been updated to version 3.0. Among other things, the update brings support for streaming videos from a PC to a Chromecast… even in formats not natively supported by Chromecast hardware. Other highlights include support for 360-degree video, 3D audio, and hardware-accelerated decoding for 4K and 8K video on supported […]

VLC 2.5 for Android adds 360 degree video, Android Auto support

VLC has a reputation as a Swiss Army Knife of video players, thanks to the ability to play just about any audio or video file you throw at it. It’s also available for a bunch of platforms including Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android. While the Android version sort of lagged behind the desktop app […]

Apple kills iPod nano and shuffle, increases iPod touch storage (and drops price)

Apple is reshuffling its portable media player lineup… by dropping the iPod shuffle and iPad nano. This morning MacRumors noticed that Apple had removed those two devices from its website and store, and Apple released a statement to The Verge confirming that the company is “simplifying” its iPod family. Basically the last iPod standing is […]

Attack of the evil subtitles: Update your Kodi, VLC, or other affected media players

If you use a media player that supports third-party subtitles you should probably check to see if there’s an update today. Security researchers at Check point identified a vulnerability that allowed malware to be distributed via subtitle files. The company reached out to the developers of popular media players affected by the vulnerability before disclosing […]

Videolan launches a Windows 10 universal app (beta)

It took a little longer than expected, but Videolan has finally released a beta of the VLC media player app for Windows 10. VLC 2.0 for Windows 10 is based on the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), which means it should run on desktops, tablets, and smartphones. The app should adjust to different screen sizes and […]