VideoLAN, the organization behind the popular open source music player, VLC has just released the latest version of the program for Windows, Mac and Linux users. This release brings some fixes for audio decoding and encoding, small security issues and improves the overall stability of the software.

A more detailed release note can be found @

Below are some of the changes that were added to this version:

  • fixes track selection for PowerPC machines
  • fixes important regression in decoding numerous audio file formats when encoding MP3 and AAC
  • enables faster decoding on multi-core CPU
  • fixes some security issues with ActiveX plugin for Internet Explorer

Ubuntu users can easily install it or upgrade using the below PPA repository. Windows and Mac users, can use the download link below to install it. Windows 8 users are highly encouraged to install VLC media player as Windows 8 lacks a better media player by default. So, if you’re using Windows 8 and not using VLC, then you’re probably doing it wrong when it comes to watching DVD moves or playing music.

Ubuntu users also need VLC if they’re going to be watching movies or listening to audio files. To install VLC in Ubuntu via its PPA, press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the commands below to add its PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/vlc


Next, run the commands below to update your system and install VLC.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install vlc


An alternative PPA is also listed below. If the above doesn’t have the latest version, use the one below.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:videolan/stable-daily


After installing it, go to Unity Dash and launch it.




Windows  and Mac users can use this link to download VLC