Win8/WinRT VLC App Delayed Again; Submission Fails In Windows Store

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The VLC team has faced another setback in their efforts to publish a comprehensive video player in the Windows 8 Store.  After an initial wave of enthusiasm in a successful kickstarter campaign the team has faced setback after setback.  The VLC decided to take an unorthodox approach in developing their Win8/WinRT app which would allow them to maintain much of their old code base.  The last update we heard from the VLC team was that they ended up rewriting their entire audio stack.

A update from their Twitter account on February 1st revealed that their latest app submission had failed again.  The team is unsure why, but have said they are working on fixing any problems and will re-submit the app.  This may give the team some more time to work on the UI and make it look even closer to the Zune player.

VLC player failed submission

The VLC team has stated an app for Windows Phone will be worked on after the WinRT app is completed.  In the meantime Moliplayer exists for $2.99

Source: VideoLan



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  • Eillirand

    I am alright when an application is rejected if it does not meet the requirements of the store; it makes for a better experience for the end user. However, what I don’t get is how this is rejected yet there are thousands of apps that were approved that are nothing but a link to a crappy web site or another fan app for Justin Bieber… Get your act together Microsoft.

  • Eillirand

    I am alright when an application is rejected if it does not meet the requirements of the store; it makes for a better experience for the end user. However, what I don’t get is how this is rejected yet there are thousands of apps that were approved that are nothing but a link to a crappy web site or another fan app for Justin Bieber… Get your act together Microsoft.

    • Mike

      Because all developers except VideoLAN using Visual Studio 2012. Videolan uses GCC libraries with Visual Studio 6.0 (1998), which are not compatible with Windows Store

    • Emi the Strange

      you dont even know what you are talking about, simply as that. thats why you dont understand why this thing is failing to get in store and why others get accepted.
      it doesnt even matter what the App does or not, or the name… you should stop thinking “oh this is VLC it must be automatically accepted” even when they are doing a stupid port idea.
      again, you can submit the App you want, it has requirements and as long as you meet them, they wont be rejected, something VLC isnt doing with its port, and thats why they are having alot of trouble.
      whats next you will say? “oh WinRT is hard to make apps it sucks”? or something? only because VLC is failing hard? again… its not Microsoft fault VLC chose to make this kind of port, in fact, im sure they would have made something better and faster from scratch.

      • Nham Thien Duong

        wELL, Making a new app from scratch can also mean that they’ll lose a lot of planned functionality they already have install for this app, which means that it is better to wait than to get a ”hasted app” with half the functionality of what we’ll excpect, but I completely agree with the fact that Microsoft should reject the app if it doesn’t follow the regulations, just because you’re a big name doesn’t mean that Microsoft must make an exception for you.

  • Filip Němeček

    How something like this can possibly be rejected when there are bunch of apps that do nothing or have names like Chrome etc…

    • http://twitter.com/surilamin surilamin

      You can’t blame Microsoft for this. As you pointed out it is extremely easy to get apps in the Windows Store.

      But VLC refuses to follow the most basic rules so their app continues to get rejected.

      • AA

        LOL you make it sound like they’re bad guys >> “VLC refuses”!
        They are doing a breakthrough in WinRT development and if this works with them, this means that the WinRT/WP versions will share the same code as all platforms and get updated regularly with all versions.

        • http://twitter.com/surilamin surilamin

          I don’t consider VLC a “bad guy,” but they’re suffering from some of the technical choices they made.

        • Prayaas

          No, it is not. It can’t be the exact same code as yet, if I’m not mistaken.
          But yes, either the app doesn’t follow their basic rules about UI navigation, app bars etc., or it is constantly crashing. This is not a bias at approver’s board. A friend of mine is an MSP and he is given the task of approving Store apps. He is totally unaffiliated with Microsoft and does not get paid by them. Had they given these people instructions like “Don’t approve VLC”, it would have been all over media by now. Apps undergo an automatic testing by a program first (Windows App Cert. Kit) and then the approver checks it for UI inconsistencies.
          The truth is, VideoLAN doesn’t want to admit that they couldn’t pull it together.

    • TheHumanOracle

      If it crashes how can it be approved?

      • Prayaas

        Hmm, could you give me a link? I don’t know about this difficult process, haven’t read about it, but am interested to know.

  • Emi the Strange

    what a joke…. really?
    I really wish MoliPlayer was available for win8, I unerstand why, but MoliPlayer with all the features it has… its really amazing. there are other nice players in store, and apps like Plex that work ok.
    really dont understand the need of VLC, not even in desktop is important nor the best, you could easily get a better and customizable player.
    and this thing failing and they doing a really dumb port like this… it just sounds silly to me. I feel bad for the people who paid for this kickstarter, the only good thing its when its released it will be “VLC in Windows Store” because while I dont like VLC, I know alot of people use it.
    but I dont know… apart from the name, its like I just wish they would give people money back and forget about this crappy port with a copycat UI.

    • Guest

      Please stop babbling. Think about what you want to say, then say it.

      • Herb_Eaversmells

        You’re expecting too much from him/her.

  • Vitalivs

    This only means one thing for me: is not easy to do advanced applications with WinRT API. Very restrictive.
    There are some decisions I don’t understand from MS, for example: LINQ 2 SQL is available in Windows Phone API and not in WinRT.
    This type of restrictions only affect the productivity of developers, one more reason why there are no enough DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS.

    • Cruncher

      Yet other apps achieve exactly the same as VLC Player, apparently with the available API. So your conclusion is wrong.
      It is more likely one of the bad design decision of the developers in conjuction with using the gcc toolchain.

    • Prayaas

      That is not the point. We’re talking about VLC here. Submission can not fail due to any reason associated with APIs.
      The only thing is that the app must have been crashing and facing other performance issues constantly, which is why it was rejected. Why would VideoLAN admit that? They don’t want to spoil their name.

  • fis

    It’s a long time.

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