VideoLAN, the non-profit behind VLC media player has announced that the application has surpassed one billion downloads. What first started as a project for students at the École Centrale Paris in the late 90's has now been downloaded over a billion times. VideoLAN, now responsible for coordinating the development of VLC, announced the news via its website today.
"VideoLAN would like to thank VLC users 1 billion times, since VLC has now been downloaded more than 1 billion times from our servers, since 2005!" the announcement read.
However, when providing data for the milestone, VideoLAN admits that the numbers are likely to be inaccurate. For one thing, the foundation doesn't include Linux download statistics as most downloads for this OS are made through distributions. For another, the stats were only started in February of 2005, and VLC's history stretches back to quite a bit before that. Judging the numbers, almost 90 percent of the downloads were for Windows machines. VideoLAN says that of the one billion downloads, 895 744 483 were for Windows.
VLC version 1.0.0 was finally released in July 2009 after more than a decade of development. Version 2.0.0 was released earlier this year, on February 18, 2012.