You must be knowing by now that the popular VLC media player is out of beta after an 8 year long development process and is version 1.0 now. I have always been a huge fan of VLC. It’s open source, plays a lot of media files, is relatively light on resources, and runs on just about everything.
Even better news is that they have released a portable version of the software, which means you can keep VLC on your USB drive and use it on other people’s machines. Just like the normal installable, even the portable version is lightweight and fast. VLC 1.0 is a free download for Windows, Mac, and Linux systems.
All you have to do is download the file and install it to your USB drive. When you’re prompted for the installation directory, make sure it is actually on the USB drive – everything you need will be put in that directory, so it is completely registry independent. The changes, bug fixes, and new features are the same as in VLC’s 1.0 desktop release, but the portable version, weighing in at 20MB, doesn’t require an installation. It works launching on its own, or from PortableApps.com’s handy thumb drive launching menu.