Update: Via e-mail VLC Manager Jean-Baptiste Kempf supplies more details about Apple’s actions:
Apple is still considering that VLC is potentially violating Mac OS’s license, and therefore has withdrawn VLC from apple.com/downloads, where we were on top of the downloads for years. This, of course, has slowed down our download rates on the mac.
The allegations that Apple did was that VLC was violating some QuickTime License, which is ridiculous, since we don’t use QuickTime.
For more than 2 and a half years, we have been trying to get apple to answer this potential allegations, and we have been answered by noone, with no response. We have tried to contact them more than a few times, of course, with no break-through.
Seeing how many downloads happen through apple.com/downloads, this is a big hit for us. Therefore, we have to consider that Apple considers VLC illegal on its platform and wants us out of this platform. Of course, this won’t block us from making great things in the future, because we have a few surprises coming in the next few months.
Rémi Denis-Courmont, also of the VideoLAN Foundation, adds this comment in a separate e-mail:
andate a fondo pagina per questo Update.
Io non ho parole.