Rip your CD into an MP3 file again The new Windows Media Player update for Windows 11 has brought the ability to extract CDs, meaning that any audio CDs you have can be transferred to a PC and added to the playlist.
If you’ve been a PC user for the past 25 years, chances are you’ve come across an extracted CD in a multimedia player, which allows you to save music to your computer. However, in recent years, it has fallen out of favor due to the increasing number of PCs that come with CD or DVD drives, plus the rise of streaming services such as Spotify (as well as various copyright concerns of artists and publishers).
However, Windows 11 build 25158 (open in the new tab) will again allow you to extract CDs into MP3, AAC, FLAC and ALAC in Media Player, along with setting bit rates, so you can maintain the sound quality of your favorite Spice Girls track, for example.
These updates are further evidence that Media Player is returning to its roots and makes us wonder what might happen next as Microsoft prepares its first major update to Windows 11 since its launch in 2021.
Analysis: Please Microsoft, bring the next interface
Many people will remember the strange interfaces that you can use in older versions of Windows Media Player, such as the green head shape or the blue bacterial character.
But with CD extraction now back for Windows 11 users, I want to keep drumming Media Player to bring the interface to the app.
That’s part of what makes media players interesting to use; you have acquired the simplicity of playing your favorite tracks, but in the guise of a green head for no good reason. Let’s start to see if these will come back in a future version – for example, reworked interfaces that can look great up to 8K or maybe dedicate a part of the redesigned Microsoft Store to new themes.
Or even the ability to create your own. There are a lot of possibilities here, so let’s start watching the exciting return of Media Player.