If there was one thing Windows 11 was good at, it was renewed interest and useful updates to the built-in apps that came with Windows. Sometimes that means new features for long-deprecated apps like Notepad and Paint. In other cases, it means bringing back features that older apps lost somewhere along the way, such as sound recording or Windows Media Player.
The latest preview of the media player, currently distributed on the Windows Insiders Dev channel, is part of the latest package. In March, Microsoft enabled audio CD playback in the new version of Media Player, which the old version has supported since its introduction. And now Microsoft is introducing CD support in the new version of Media Player, we should all be able to convert old Weezer and Matchbox 20 CDs into files that we can copy to our iPods and Zunes.
By default, CDs can be written to AAC files at a fixed bit rate of 96 to 320 kbps. WMA, FLAC and ALAC formats are also supported. Notably missing is MP3 support and variable bitrate support, two features still included in the “Media Player Legacy” app.
The current media player is built on top of the streaming oriented Groove Music app, so it lost some old features from the old Media Player app in the first place. Microsoft also says it’s changing some file associations for Windows Dev Channel Insiders by opening local video files with the default media player instead of the Movies & TV app in Windows 8.
Finally, the built-in Windows camera app has received an updated version of Windows 11 with updated controls. Its functionality will remain largely the same, but Microsoft says it will support QR and barcode scanning, a feature already supported by the iPhone and some Android phones.
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