Last November, Microsoft announced that it would replace Groove Music with Windows 11 Media Player. The change was first available to Windows 11 Dev Channel users, but now the company is expanding its availability to include Beta Channel users.
Recently, Microsoft made a small update to its blog about Windows 11 Media Player, saying that the new media player app is now rolling out to Windows 11 Beta channel test users. However, it’s worth noting that it’s not a replacement for the existing Movies & TV app. In other words, the Movies & TV app will still be able to stream content you purchased through the Microsoft Store.
Meanwhile, the new Media Player app will include a full-featured music library, allowing you to quickly browse and play music, as well as create and manage playlists. It also features a dedicated playback view with album art and rich artist images, full screen and mini player options, and a graphic equalizer. Additionally, the media player includes full support for browsing, managing and watching local video collections.
If you’re an active user of the Groove Music app, you don’t need to worry about this change, as your music collection in the app will automatically migrate to this new Media Player app. The design of the new apps is also consistent with the design of Windows 11.
If you’re an insider on the Beta channel, you can go to the Microsoft Store to check for updates to get the new Windows 11 Media Player app. Once you install the new app, it will replace the Groove Music app.