Infuse For iPhone And iPad Plays Anything You Throw At It

iOS: If you're looking for a fast, solid video player for your iPhone or your iPad, Infuse can play almost anything you throw at it. It also organises your videos, TV shows and movies by automatically downloading metadata, and lets you drag-and-drop videos to your device without forcing you to use iTunes.

Infuse supports over 14 different video formats, including WMV and MKV, so you can play just about any video file you download from the web, or upload from your personal media collection to your iOS device. It also gives you an easy-to-use interface for copying those videos to your device so you don't have to push them through iTunes first — all you have to do is open a web browser and transfer via Wi-Fi. You can also import videos from other apps, including Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive and Box.

The app makes it easy to download subtitles from with a single tap, and can download TV show and movie cover art, ratings, and other info from other free web databases. Infuse is optimised to play even 1080p video smoothly, and supports Dolby Digital Plus mobile surround sound and AirPlay. I've been testing it for a while now, and while it's definitely a busier interface than other media players, it's also easy to use and surprisingly powerful. Infuse will set you back $5.49 in the iTunes App Store.

Infuse ($5.49) [iTunes App Store via Infuse]


    The majority of AppStore reviews give it a 1 out of 5, saying that there are many playback problems.
    My experience to date is that apps with a rating like this are notoriously bad - unless there are some serious updates.
    I'll hold off and wait until I see a better trend from this one.
    The 1080p playback sounds promising though. I've heard several other apps claim this, so the review comments on LifeHacker are promising.

    I use, and I am very happy with, CineXPlayer HD. Never had an issue with any file types and it was definitely a good solution for me.

    Unless they have paid for a Dolby license, which is unlikely. You will find that the next version suddenly announces that the Dolby codec has been removed due to licensing issues, just like every other iOS video player.

    Cinexplayer and Goodplayer are the best. I have tried them all.

    I use ACE Player (sometimes it goes for FREE), and it plays most videos.

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