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I recently upgraded to Big Sur and I now have a media player icon which I don't really use or need. Is there any way to hide it?

It's the far left icon in the screenshot below:

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You can hide the "play" icon in the menu bar as follows:

  1. Launch System Preferences.

  2. Open Dock & Menu Bar.

  3. Scroll down and select "Now Playing".

  4. The "Show in Menu Bar" option controls whether the "play" icon is displayed

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    Unselect it to hide it for good, or change the value to "when active" to only display it when playing music.

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