Chapter 16

Playing and Copying Music


Bullet Playing music, video, and CDs

Bullet Creating, saving, and editing playlists

Bullet Copying CDs to your hard drive or another disc

Built for minimalists, the Windows Groove Music app sticks to the essentials. With a few clicks, it plays music stored on your computer.

For some, that’s plenty. But the Groove Music app lacks more robust features. Stuck in a world of digital music files, the Groove Music app can’t copy music CDs onto your computer. It can’t create CDs from your music files. It can’t even play a music CD you’ve slipped into your PC’s disc drive. And it can’t play music stored on OneDrive unless that music is also downloaded to your PC.

In short, Groove Music is now a bare-bones player for music stored on your own computer. That’s fine for Windows tablets and many new laptops; they lack disc drives, so their owners naturally embrace digital music.

On a desktop PC, however, you may want to stick with the music program from yesteryear, Windows Media Player. Windows Media Player works much like it did in earlier Windows versions with one big exception: It can no longer play DVDs. (It can still play CDs, however.)

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