Soundtracks are purchasable on Steam as standalone music products or as DLC specific to a parent game (deprecated method). Some soundtracks were also included as bonus content for much older games on Steam.
With the Steam Music Player, you can access all of your soundtracks as well as any other non-steam music files that are installed on your computer.
Soundtracks are automatically added to your Library when purchased, but you'll still need to install them.
The method for installing a soundtrack depends on what type of app it is. All new soundtracks are delivered as music apps, which can be accessed directly from your soundtrack library: Steam > Library tab > Soundtracks. For some older soundtracks, you'll need to install the game they are associated with in order to access them as DLC. We're in the process of converting all pre-exisiting DLC sountracks to music apps
You can open the music player from the menu bar in the upper left corner of your Steam client: View > Music Player
To open the advanced music player settings from your Steam client menu Steam > Settings > Music
All soundtracks are available in MP3 format by default. Developers can also choose to support additional levels of quality. You'll automatically install the highest quality format, unless you specify otherwise in your settings.
If you have music files on your computer, you can sync them with your Steam Music Player.
First, go to your music settings: Steam > Settings > Music: There you can specify a folder on your hard drive for Steam to scan for any supported music files. Once scanned they will be available in your music player.
Currently we support MP3, FLAC, OGG Vorbis, and M4A (both AAC and Apple Lossless) files.