In November 2021, Microsoft announced the rollout of the new Media Player for Windows 11 Insiders in the Dev Channel.
Then the app sat next to the Groove Music app, but today some insiders are reporting that the new media player has replaced Groove Music on their PCs, as Microsoft always intended.
The new media player has the look and feel of Windows 11 and showcases your local music collections. The media player includes an extensive music library that lets you quickly browse and play music, as well as create and manage playlists. The music collection from the Groove Music app will automatically migrate to this new app. You get a dedicated playback view that features rich album art and artist images, along with things like full-screen and mini-player options and a graphic equalizer.
In addition to music, the media player includes full support for browsing, managing, and watching your local video collections. Microsoft has optimized this app for accessibility, with improved support for keyboard shortcuts and access keys for keyboard users and with other assistive technologies.
Microsoft has promised to deliver new ways to browse your music and video collections and manage your play queue in future updates.