Steam’s ever-expanding list of features will soon include a music player. The company recently announced an upcoming beta test for the new music features, designed to integrate local file playback while in a Steam game. Steam users who join the Steam Music community group will be invited into the beta in waves in the near future, according to the announcement.
The features being discussed for the beta so far are about what you’d expect: add a library of local music files, then view them by directory, album, artist, or track. Users will be able to manage playlists and a queue of tracks to play from inside the Steam overlay without having to switch over to an external app. Big Picture and/or SteamOS users can bring up playback options quickly by tapping the guide button, but keyboard-and-mouse users can also manage their music through a menu.
Thus far, Steam Music is slated to only support songs in MP3 format, though a short FAQ states that “this will change over time.” The community forums are already brimming with expansion requests, from lossless FLAC and OGG to streaming services like Spotify, last.fm, and Google Music.
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