A few weeks ago we told you about VideoLAN’s new Kickstarter to create a metro version of VLC. VLC is an open source media player that can handle just about any file thrown at it, from audio to video. It’s sorely needed as there have been a few troubles reported on our forums from users trying to play their media on the Surface RT. We suspected that VideoLAN might be considering a Windows Phone 8 version as well, but today’s news confirms this.
Therefore, this fundraiser will help developping a version of VLC for Windows Phone 8. Interestingly, while WP8 offers the same programming interfaces available to Windows 8 & RT apps, it is less restrictive in some regards. Notably our existing networking code is going to run as is.
This is great news for Windows Phone 8 users, as VLC would mean multiple audio types could be played on the device without having to worry about converting formats and losing lossless audio that you may have from FLAC files. As of right now, the Kickstarter has collected £13,500 of the £40,000 it’s seeking, with 18 days to go. If you care about open source software and Windows Phone, this is something you should consider supporting.