I like VLC for three main reasons: it's free, it's trustworthy, and it scales. The free bit's obvious: I don't have to pay anything, anyone can change it (including me if I ever needed to), and it's very hard to censor.
Trust. There's not much logic here, but it doesn't stop it being true: I don't trust Windows Media Player. Or RealPlayer. Or QuickTime. Winamp, I'm not sure.
If I want to use VLC to play something, it's small. It does the job without complaining, and supports a surprising number of formats. But if I want to use VLC to stream audio from an MP3 file over an IPv6 multicast whilst transcoding it to OGG Vorbis and playing it locally with a timeshift of 10 seconds, I can do that as well. I can enable buffer aggressiveness, trellis quantisation, or virtual spatialization (if I knew what they meant). I'm amazed that it can have so many options, but still seem simple when I'm using it.
I use foobar2000 because I'm an audiophile whore and it has pretty icons. / Comment from Michael Tunnicliffe on 16 May 2005 at 13:48.
You have insulted the almighty Cone. You shall pay. / Comment from Robert Marshall on 16 May 2005 at 19:08.
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