Ottawa PC Users' Group, Inc.
 Product Review 


VLC Media player
by Jocelyn Doire

I’ve been using VLC for a long time basically because it can play every video and audio file I’ve tried, because it’s fast, simple, ad free and it’s free in every sense of the word.

But lately I found out that it can do even more; it can play also material from the internet, and to my surprise, there are a lot of choices out there, of every style conceivable, and many of them are pretty good.

For example, to play a selection of songs you can select “Free Music Charts” followed by “2012-01-30 MP3 Podcast”, you will then get over 2 hours of music with occasional interruption by someone that seems to be talking in German (you can fast forward those bits).

Another possibility is to listen to a radio station, if you like classic rock you can select “Icecast Radio Directory” and then “Classic Rock )(UturnRadio” (yeah, I know, the parenthesis in the name are weird), the first song I got was Stairway to Haven from Led Zeppelin.

Alternatively you can also select a Podcast from your favourite radio station, for example if you want to listen to Quirks & Quarks from CBC, go to CBC’s podcasts web site and select the show, in this case
http://www.cbc.ca/quirks/podcasts/. Then get the RSS link by moving your mouse cursor over the orange RSS logo, right click and select “Copy link”, in my case I got http://www.cbc.ca/podcasting/includes/quirksaio.xml. Finally move your mouse over the word “Podcasts” in VLC, click on the “+”, paste the link, and voilą! you will get a list a list of Quirks & Quarks that you can play whenever you want.

Just a little warning if your internet provider caps your downloads, even though sound takes a lot less bandwidth than video, you may want to watch from time to time how much you have downloaded to avoid a nasty bill at the end of the month.

The VLC web site can be found at
http://www.videolan.org/.


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