The multi-format media player “VLC” made a big splash when it was approved for the iPhone/iPad late last year, has now been removed by Apple for copyright infringement.

Many fans of the app have feared it would eventually be banned, and advised users to download it from the Appstore as quickly as possible. The exact reasons for VLC being pulled are not entirely clear, but the developers of the mobile app seemed unsurprised by the news,

β€œAt last, Apple has removed VLC media player from its application store. Thus the incompatibility between the GNU General Public License and the App Store terms of use is resolved – the hard way. I am not going to pity the owners of iDevices, and not even the MobileVLC developers who doubtless wasted a lot of their time. This end should not have come to a surprise to anyone.”

By the very nature of VLC’s ability to play virtually any esoteric video and audio files, the reliance on built-in codecs was probably enough to frighten Apple. Unfortunately, it marks the end of the iOS devices’ ability to play video formats outside of Quicktime/mp4, however all is not lost as VLC lives on for Jail-broken users on underground appstore Cydia.