Media Player Classic reaches the end of its line

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

Media Player Classic is the codec-packed open source media player that has been best friends with video downloaders and encoders from all over the world for a very long time. Unfortunately, though, it looks like it has reached the end of its line.

Media Player Classic Home Cinema v1.7.13 is possibly the last release

Media Player Classic Home Cinema v1.7.13 is the latest release and it might be the last one. According to the developers, the number of people working on the project has drastically been reduced over the years.

You can take a look at the release log for the software to see the sad fact that the updates have been sporadic in the past few years. Developer focus and interest shifted towards alternatives such as VLC.

New post from the developers of Media Player Classic

The developers of the project have posted news about the situation. They wrote that the numbers of active developers of the project has decreased over the years and this means that it is officially dead. But the post doesn’t stop there and continues saying that in case some people step up, this will not be the case.

“… if someone’s willing to really contribute and has C/C++ experience, let me know on IRC or via e-mail. Otherwise, all things come to an end and life goes on. It’s been a nice journey, and I’m personally pretty overwhelmed having to write this post.”

Developers also warn users about the fake versions of the program saying that the official builds (the stable and the beta) are digitally signed, and users should stay aware of scams.

As a conclusion, Media Player Classic can only be saved if someone is interested in helping to keep the project alive.

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