Windows Media Player
Initial releaseNovember 2021; 2 years ago (2021-11)
Stable release12.0.22621.457 (September 20, 2022; 17 months ago (2022-09-20)) [±]
Preview release
Windows 11: 11.2212.31.0
Operating systemWindows 10, Windows 11
PredecessorGroove Music
Microsoft Movies & TV
Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player is a video and audio player developed by Microsoft for Windows 11 and subsequently backported to Windows 10. It is the successor to Groove Music (previously Xbox Music), Microsoft Movies & TV and the original Windows Media Player. It started rolling out to Windows 11 Insider channels in November 2021 and then to all users starting in January 2022;[1][2] Windows 10 users followed suit in January 2023.[3]


The new Media Player can also play video, as part of Groove's rebranding from a music streaming service to a media player.[4] Other changes include the album cover view being in fullscreen, and a refresh to the mini player.[5] Accessibility has also been optimized, with some improved keyboard shortcuts and hotkey support for keyboard users and with other assistive technologies.[6]

Some features from the old Windows Media Player were not included, such as DLNA local streaming and the ripping of CDs. Ripping was eventually added to Media Player in the Windows 11 build 22000 update; the supported output formats are: AAC, WMA, FLAC, ALAC.[7][8]

Supported formats

This is a list of known supported formats in Media Player on Windows 10 and Windows 11.[9][10][11]

List of supported audio formats
File Container File Extension
MPEG-1 Audio Layer III
MPEG-2 Audio Layer III
Free Lossless Audio Codec .flac
Raw AAC stream
Audio Data Interchange Format (ADIF)
Audio Data Transport Stream (ADTS)
.aac, .adt, .adts
MPEG-4 audio-only file (AAC) .m4a
Waveform Audio File Format .wav
Windows Media Audio .wma
Dolby AC-3 .ac3
3GP and 3G2 .3gp, .3g2
Adaptive Multi-Rate .amr
Matroska audio-only file .mka
Ogg audio-only file
(may contain various Xiph formats such as: Ogg FLAC, OggPCM, Ogg Vorbis, Ogg Opus)[12]
Ogg container (Vorbis) .ogg
Ogg container (Opus) .opus
List of supported video formats
File Container File Extension Notes
MPEG-4 video
Apple MPEG-4 video
(MPEG-4 Part 2, H.264, H.265, AV1)
.mp4, .m4v Dolby Vision, H.265 and AV1 playback requires installation of add-on from Microsoft Store.
DTS Audio playback requires DTS Sound Unbound from Microsoft Store with DTS:X Decoder license.
QuickTime File Format .mov
Advanced Systems Format .asf
Audio Video Interleave .avi
Windows Media Video .wmv
BDAV MPEG-2 Transport Stream .m2ts
3GP and 3G2 .3g2, .3gp2, .3gpp
Matroska video .mkv
WebM (VP8, VP9, AV1) .webm AV1 playback requires installation of add-on from Microsoft Store.
Ogg container (Theora) .ogv
List of supported streaming protocols
Streaming Protocol URL Identifier
Shoutcast / Icecast (ICY)
HTTP Live Streaming (HLS)[13] .m3u8

See also


  1. ^ Baxter, Daryl (September 29, 2021). "Microsoft accidentally shows off a new Media Player for Windows 11". TechRadar. Retrieved June 9, 2023.
  2. ^ Baxter, Daryl (January 5, 2022). "New and improved Windows Media Player is rolling out to Windows 11 users". TechRadar. Retrieved June 9, 2023.
  3. ^ Baxter, Daryl (January 13, 2023). "The beat stops for Groove Music in Windows 10 as it's replaced by Media Player". TechRadar. Retrieved February 24, 2023.
  4. ^ Holt, Kris (November 17, 2021). "Microsoft is replacing Windows Media Player with Media Player for Windows 11". Engadget. Retrieved November 18, 2021.
  5. ^ "Full screen album art". 16 November 2021.
  6. ^ "Optimized accessibility". 16 November 2021.
  7. ^ Parmar, Mayank (2022-07-14). "Windows 11 now lets you easily rip CD with new Media Player". Windows Latest. Retrieved 2023-10-23.
  8. ^ How to Rip a CD in Windows 11 - PCMag
  9. ^ Windows 11's New Media Player Brings Big Improvements to Audio and Video - PCMag
  10. ^ "Supported audio and video formats (Windows Runtime apps) - Windows app development". Microsoft Docs.
  11. ^ "Supported codecs - UWP applications". Microsoft Docs.
  12. ^ "MIME Types and File Extensions - XiphWiki".
  13. ^ "HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) tag support - UWP applications".