How to Add Music to Your Steam Music Player?

Steam Music Player allows users to play music on steam without opening another application. Steam also has the game soundtracks DLC that users can listen, if they own the game and DLC. This is really useful on a machine where you don’t have any media player but just a Steam application. However, some users are still unaware of how to add local music to their Steam music library. In this article, we will show you the methods for adding music to your Steam Music Player.

Adding Music to Steam Music Player

Adding Music to the Steam Music Player

When it comes to adding music to your Steam Music library, it is similar to adding music to any other media player. The user just needs to point the Steam music player to the folder where local music is located and Steam will do the rest. There are several different ways through which users can add music to their Steam Music Player.

Method 1: Adding Library in Music Settings on Steam

The most common and default method is to add the music directory to your Steam Music library. You can find this option in your Steam music settings. You can also add multiple different directories to your Steam Music library. Follow the below steps:

  1. Open your Steam by double-clicking the shortcut or by searching Steam in the Windows search feature.
  2. Click on the Steam menu on the top menu bar and choose the Settings option.
    Opening Steam settings
  3. Select the Music in the list on the left side. Click on the Add button to select your music folder, and then click Ok button.
    Note: It will ask automatically to restart, if not you need to restart Steam to sync the folder to your Steam Music Player.

    Adding music directory to Steam Music library
  4. Click on View and choose Music Player option to open the Steam Music Player.
    Opening Steam Music Player
  5. You will find the music list and all the music in Steam. Double-click on any music file to play it in the Steam Music Player.

Method 2: Adding Music Library in Steam Big Picture

This is similar to the first method, but this is in the Big Picture mode. This is because if you are not using a computer but some other device with Big Picture mode, then the interface will be a bit different. However, you are adding the music directory to the Steam music library in this method too. Follow the below steps to add your music through Big Picture Mode:

Note: If you are already using the Big Picture mode in other devices, then skip the first step.

  1. Open the Steam application by double-clicking the shortcut or by searching Steam in the Windows search feature.
  2. Click on the Big Picture Mode icon at the top right corner.
    Opening Big Picture mode
  3. Click on the Settings icon in the Big Picture Mode.
    Opening settings in the Big Picture mode
  4. Select the Music option in the Settings. Now click on the Setup music library option.
    Opening setup music library
  5. This will open a small window where you can add a directory of your music folder to your Steam Music Library.
    Adding a directory to Steam Music library
  6. Once you add the music folder, click on the Library on the main menu of Big Picture Mode.
    Opening Library
  7. Now select Local Music and you can find all the albums and songs there. Double-click on any music file to play it.

Method 3: Copying Playlist in the Steam Music Folder

Try this method only if the above two methods do not work. That is because in this method you need to overwrite your playlist on the Steam music playlist. First, you need to create the playlist of the local music in one of the media players. Then copy that playlist file in the Steam music folder as shown below:

Note: You must have a media player such as VLC, through which you can create and save the playlist file.

  1. Right-click on your music folder and choose Add to VLC media player’s Playlist option.
    Adding music to a playlist in VLC
  2. Click on File in the menu bar and choose Save Playlist to File option.
  3. Change the file type to the M3U8 playlist and give the file name as ‘queue.m3u8‘. Click on the Save button to save the playlist.
    Saving playlist
  4. Copy the newly saved playlist file and paste it in the following location to replace the old file:
    Note: Your Steam directory can be on a different drive.

    D:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\music\_database
    Copying the playlist in Steam Music folder
  5. Restart your Steam if it was running. Now click on View in your Steam menu bar and choose the Music Player option.
  6. You will find your playlist added to Steam Music Player.
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