Microsoft released two updated iterations of the well-liked Camera and Media Player applications along with a fresh Windows 11 build for Insiders in the Dev Channel yesterday.
Support for CD ripping is the main new feature added to Media Player (version 11.2206.30.0), as it appears that this practise is still popular.
Recently, I’ve been cleaning up my house thoroughly and discovered a tonne of CDs in the process. I chose to stream the same albums on Apple Music to relive my youth, but at least now I know Microsoft has my back should I wish to permanently copy the songs to my hard drive.
You can convert CDs to any of the supported formats, including AAC, WMA, FLAC, and ALAC, using the Media Player update.
You have control over how much room the ripped tracks use by choosing the necessary Bit rate from a drop-down box.
Simply place a CD into your optical drive to activate the feature. If you still have one, you’ll notice a Rip CD button appear on the right. To start the procedure, click this.
Keep in mind that, based on the type of file you choose, Windows Media Player will automatically choose the optimum format and bit rate. For instance, when you attempt to copy audio files, 256 kbps is chosen.
Put the disc into your disc drive to get going. If the autoplay option displays on your desktop, just ignore it and launch Windows Media Player instead. In order to have the software rip the CD with the default settings, go to the “Audio CD” section and click Rip CD. Alternatively, you can adjust the parameters.
This upgrade is currently being rolled out to testers in the Dev Channel, and later this month it will be made available to everyone.
Windows Camera has a new appearance
The default Windows Camera app has been upgraded with Windows 11’s stunning new look and experience. The app has been upgraded with a new font and now employs the well-known WinUI and Fluent Design.
The camera app now supports two additional capture modes, QR code and barcode scanning, in addition to functionality like video, pictures, document, and whiteboard capture. The camera app will allow you to read barcodes and QR codes. Of course, devices with a good camera perform better with this feature.