Windows 11 Media Player started replacing Groove Music

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  • Microsoft prepared a brand new Media Player app for Windows 11.
  • Some users noticed that it already started replacing Groove Music
  • The new playback view includes album art, as well as artist imagery.
  • With the rollout process already started, it will soon come to you too.
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Remember how back in November 2021 Microsoft announced the rollout of the new Media Player for Windows 11 Insiders in the Dev Channel?

While the app hasn’t officially become the replacement app for Groove Music for every Windows 11 user, it is going through the transition for even more Insiders at the start of the year.

Yes, you’ve heard correctly, some people woke up and turned on their PCs, only to find out that there was no Groove Music player anymore.

Your collections will be automatically imported from Groove

To be more precise, a recent update to Groove Music in the Microsoft Store now links to the new Media Player app.

Now it appears the Redmond tech giant is actually consolidating the codebase and directing all future updates to Groove to be represented as the new Media Player app.

This new Media Player comes with the look and feel of Windows 11, strictly following the OS design language, and showcases your local music collections, of course.

It includes a full-featured music library that allows you to quickly browse and play music, as well as create and manage playlists.

The music collection in the Groove Music app will automatically migrate to this new software, so you don’t even have to worry about that.

You have a dedicated playback view that features album art and rich artist imagery, and features items such as a full screen and mini-player options and graphic equalizer.

Furthermore, the Media Player includes full support for browsing, managing, and watching your local video collections.

Microsoft has optimized this app for accessibility, with improved keyboard shortcuts and access key support for keyboard users and with other assistive technologies.

The tech giant also promised that it will deliver new ways to browse your music and video collections and manage your play queue in future updates.

This massive rollout has already started and, pretty soon, this new software will find its way into your device as well.

Excited to transition from Groove Music to the new Windows 11 Media Player? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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