I copied and pasted the title from one of my previous blog posts about the Video Player app and edited it for this post, because this is almost the same news, this time for Audio.
Chrome OS has a video player app now, but audio player is still a part of the Files app. (It has its own app icon though)
The media player and the gallery were separated and made standalone apps. They are doing this now for the audio player.
The Files app handles audio for now, but with this change (hoping that it will make it to Chrome OS) there will be two separate apps for audio and video.
And it is good. After separating from the Files app, Google added more capabilities to the new media player app and the gallery app. Media player got Chromecast support, and the Gallery got better editing capabilities. So, it is safe to assume that the new Audio player will bring in new features, may be even Google Play Music support.
Here is the official commit log (This is not saying much of course!):
Separate the audio player app from Files.app
Start guessing what’s coming to the new audio player app, shall we?
Special thanks to Mike McLoughlin for the help!