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Valve Announces Steam Music, Beta Coming Soon

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2014 @ 7:23 p.m. PST

The Steam Music Beta is coming soon to Big Picture and SteamOS interfaces, with desktop features soon to follow.

With Steam Music, you can now listen to your music collection while playing games. Once you’ve pointed Steam to your local music directory, your Steam Library will include Album and Artist views of your collection.

From there you can view and play albums and tracks, manage your queue, and access the Steam Music player by pressing the Guide button on your controller. (No controller? Keyboard and mouse users can access the active player from Big Picture’s main menu.)

Once in-game, the music player follows you via the Steam overlay, where you can manage your current playlist, browse your collection and listen to whatever suits your mood.

With this beta, we’re getting started with what we believe to be the most fundamental set of features to offer a great music listening experience within Steam. As always, our next steps for the feature will be influenced by your beta feedback, so please share your feature requests, thoughts, and experiences in the music discussions. Happy listening!

To express interest in beta participation, join the Steam Music community group. Group members will be invited in waves, until the feature is released to everyone.

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