Bad news everyone…
The lead developer of VLC has asked Apple to remove the VLC app from the iPhone App Store because of a GPL violation. Apple adds Digital Rights Management code to all applications downloaded from the store which prevents them from being shared freely.
This isn’t the first such case; another GPL-licensed application was taken off the store for the same reason. And the VLC app for the iPhone is essentially a fork which is not controlled by the lead developers of the main desktop client.
It’s a shame, really. I understand the concerns that the GPL is being violated, but it also serves a use on iOS devices which don’t have quite so comprehensive audio and video format support as some other devices do. While it’s technically a GPL violation, surely the benefit of it being available on iOS outweighs the minor issue of how it’s packaged. I assume the source code for the fork is available.
In any case, you might want to download VLC while it’s still available.