Media Playback App VLC Gains CarPlay Support

The popular VLC media playback app has announced a new update that adds Apple CarPlay support for the first time.

With the update installed, users can listen to music while they’re driving and control everything using their vehicle’s big-screen controls.

This is a big addition for people who use VLC to play back music files that they have stored locally, often in high resolution or formats that wouldn’t otherwise be playable via the Music app.

CarPlay can be used in compatible cars with some requiring a cable connection. Others include wireless support which means that the iPhone only needs to be in the car for the connection to function. More and more cars include CarPlay support today, while the wireless connection is also growing in popularity.

The update includes a number of other changes including a new audio playback interface, new views for artists, albums, and episodes in the media library, and more.

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VLC supports file syncing via all of the big cloud storage providers as well as iTunes and more. You can also connect to file shares including SMB, FTP, SFTP, and more.

The updated VLC is now available for download from the App Store and is free. It’s also open source and can work with most music and video formats without the need to convert them first.

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