Valve has added a music player to its Steam gaming hub.
The company recently updated its popular Steam client with a fresh new interface and storefront, but there’s another little bonus feature hidden in there.
Steam now features its own music player, allowing you to listen to the tracks stored on your computer directly through the service.
Once updated, you’ll find that a new Music section has joined Games, Software, Tools, and the like in the Library section.
In order to populate this section, you’ll probably need to point Steam to the folder where you store all your music tracks. Simply start up the Music Player from the Steam menu and you’ll be provided with a link to do so.
Once all your music has been scanned in, you’ll have a fully functioning music client, complete with album art, album and artist breakdowns, track queuing, and a playlist creation tool.
There’s also a dedicated Music Player app that will run in the background when you play tracks, and can be brought to the fore in the Steam app by clicking on the little music icon in the top right-hand corner.
All in all, it’s nothing particularly new or even attractive compared to, well, any other music player that’s been around for the past decade or so. But if you spend a great deal of your time on Steam, it’s a nice option to have. It also means that you can control your music from within the game overlay, making it convenient to play games to your own custom soundtrack.
Of course, it will also be a handy feature to have as Valve pushes into the living room with its Steam Machine initiative.
Boot up and update Steam now, if you haven’t already, and you should find the new music player waiting for you.
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