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Google Launching Media Player; gTunes, Anyone?

from the perhaps-all-the-rumors-were-right dept

It's beginning to look like all of the various recent Google rumors may have been accurate. John Battelle says that Google is launching their own media player today, based on the open source VLC Media Player. That would explain the "iTunes-wannabe" rumors that were being spread a few weeks ago. On top of that, the media player will tie into the Google Video offering that allowed people to upload their videos to Google. Finally, it's expected that when Google gets around to launching their Google Wallet offering, it will again be tied into this system to let people pay for video content uploaded by others. Of course, what remains to be seen is whether or not anyone actually wants to pay for such content. Either way, it will be interesting to see what Google has done with the VLC client -- which has a loyal following, but always seemed a bit buggy and in serious need of a UI upgrade. It's also interesting to see that Google is supporting this open source project. There have been plenty of rumors about Google supporting their own browser based on Firefox, and building on top of VLC would show that they are serious about taking various open source projects and improving on them. Update: Now official, apparently. Though, the article indicates that the video player only works on Google Video files, which seems like a needless limitation.
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    Ivan Sick, 27 Jun 2005 @ 11:14am

    No Subject Given

    To go off on a tangent here, I don't think VLC needs a "serious UI upgrade." I for one appreciate the lack of "slick"-type interface popularized by OS X. Hopefully other people agree and some software vendors will too.

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      Anonymous Coward, 27 Jun 2005 @ 1:42pm

      Re: No Subject Given

      if other people agreed with that more people would use it. it needs a ui upgrade.

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        Ivan Sick, 27 Jun 2005 @ 5:22pm

        "more people would use it"

        I certainly see your point; but I think that a lot of designers do not really pay much attention to the desires of their audience. Admittedly, I am in the minority.
        But are you seriously suggesting that an open-source app is less popular than, say, Quicktime or Windows Media Player solely because of its UI? Come on.

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    Factory, 28 Jun 2005 @ 2:44am

    The player

    It looks like the player is only designed for in-browser usage, so questsions about VLC's ui don't really apply since it's not being used.
    Hmm it also seems to have some form specific support for mozilla, although I don't know if it is just a legacy of the VLC project.

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