Video player AnyPlayer(HD) updated: drops AC-3 support

In my previous review, I in no way recommended AnyPlayer(HD) (iTunes links: iPad / iPhone).

The new, just-approved version (1.5.8) has a single item in the update list: the drop of AC-3 support. (The previous, public version (1.5.5), released earlier this month, still supported them with software playback – that is, with files like MKV but not with the iOS-native ones like M4V.), The update list (click for the original!):

BTW, this shot also shows the excellent, free MoliPlayer (topmost item; review) and the absolutely rubbish (see section “1.1 „WMV Player” - the title that doesn't really deliver high-quality video” in the WMV Playback bible) WMV Player also dropped AC-3 support. Note that there is a brand new, commercial, “Pro” version of MoliPlayer with hardware MKV playback. As soon as the MKV remuxer's initial, audio-related bugs are ironed out, I review it.

I've thoroughly tested the new version and found it equally bad than the previous ones:

- slow H.264 decoder – not even the 720p, low-bitrate Harry Potter test video is played back properly on an iPad 3, unlike with, say, MoliPlayer, yaPlayer, nPlayer, AVPlayerHD etc.
- no DTS / MTS support
- no improvemenets in the subtitle department (better SSA support, for example)
- etc.

Finally, of course, it no more supports AC-3.

All in all,

- you shouldn't purchase this app – it is in no way worth the price tag ($2.99 separately for the small- and large-screen devices), you can get much better titles (for example, GoodPlayer) for similar (or even less) money, let alone the slightly more expensive but orders of magnitude better It's Playing.
- if you have and you, for some reason, insist on using it, you shouldn't upgrade from the previous,  1.5.5 version so that you don't lose AC-3 support - or want, at least, to back up the old IPA.

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<p>Werner Ruotsalainen is an iOS and Java programming lecturer who is well-versed in programming, hacking, operating systems, and programming languages. Werner tries to generate unique articles on subjects not widely discussed. Some of his articles are highly technical and are intended for other programmers and coders.</p>
<p>Werner also is interested in photography and videography. He is a frequent contributor to not only mobile and computing publications, but also photo and video forums. He loves swimming, skiing, going to the gym, and using his iPads. English is one of several languages he speaks.</p>