New changes coming to the Windows 11 Media Player

by Alexandru Poloboc
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  • Microsoft has again updated the 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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Microsoft has been on an unrelenting quest to modernize every single pixel of their latest operating system ever since Windows 11 first came out.

The tech giant has regularly updated its various applications in Windows with the rounded corner theme that is associated with its new OS.

Many of the apps currently present on the OS have also steadily been gaining dark mode or dark theme support as well.

What’s new with Media Player 11.2206.30.0?

Today, Microsoft is releasing an update to its Windows 11 Media Player, introducing the ability to rip CDs, something that can come in handy if you have a large CD collection and you wish to transfer all that data to someplace else.

Back in March, the company introduced CD playback support to Media Player. With the latest update, we can expect support for CD ripping as well.

Before we continue, keep in mind that all of the supported formats in this release include AAC, WMA, FLAC, and ALAC.

But wait, there’s more.

Microsoft also announced that it is beginning to roll out an update to the Movies & TV app in version 10.22061 and higher to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel.

  • Native Arm64 support: Improved the Movies & TV experience on Arm64 devices. You’ll see faster and better performance when you use the app.
  • Local video playback migrating to Media Player: Migrating video file type associations from Movies & TV to Media Player. This migration will only impact file types that are already associated with Movies & TV and only after you open Movies & TV for the first time.

Windows 11 users that still rely on Media Player for their daily playback needs will surely be overly excited after hearing this latest news from Redmond.

It’s true that there are a lot of other software choices out there, as far as playback goes, but if you decide to stick with Media Player, just know that Microsoft hasn’t forgotten about it.

Have you discovered any issues after the latest Media Player update? Share your experience with us in the comments section below.

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