In short: Do you remember ripping CDs to save your favorite tracks, create a personal library, or burn your selection onto a new CD? Perhaps the last time it was ten years ago. However, the ability to do so will soon return to Windows 11 with a default media player, along with an improved Camera app and widgets.
Microsoft continues to add missing features to Windows 11, and it will need to do so for some time if it wants more Windows 10 users to upgrade to the latest version of the OS. While the company’s latest Windows Insider update didn’t make a splash, such as making the Start menu more customizable or bringing back basic drag-and-drop functionality to the taskbar, improvements to the OS’ native apps are still a welcome addition that makes it more useful in in general.
Along with new widget notification icons and dozens of fixes, latest insider build also Peculiarities an updated Camera app that can now read QR codes and barcodes, as well as the ability to rip CDs using the default media player.
Having received support for CD playback earlier this year, a new feature in Media Player allows users to rip CDs to WMA, FLAC, ALAC, or AAC formats, with the latter being the default setting. What’s more, Microsoft says that Media Player will now be used for local video playback instead of the Movies & TV app.
As for the other updates in this Insider build, Microsoft seems to be testing a few layouts for taskbar search. The company notes that some devices will get a different visual treatment for the feature, including two open search box options with text input and a third icon-only look for a minimalist look that adds another click to search.
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