Steam: soundtrack will be available for purchase without a game

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You don't have to convince you of the importance of music in the film. Meanwhile, the game soundtrack is just as important. Some titles have such a good soundtrack, of course, it's about the background music, not the sounds of fighting or roars of monsters that they lead their own lives.

So Steam, one of the most popular gaming platforms, decided that it would be possible to buy the soundtrack itself, without having to buy the game. In the information placed on the site SteamCommunity.com the company has announced that it is introducing a new type of application for soundtracks. Until now, they could be purchased under the so-called downloadable content (DLC)but this option did not work well. The new application type introduced by Steam is only for soundtracks. Thanks to this, as we read on the site:

  • users can purchase a soundtrack without buying a game;
  • users can download a soundtrack without having to download the game;
  • users can view and manage the soundtracks they have downloaded directly from the Steam Library;
  • users can create a Steam Music directory on Steam, instead of placing them in subdirectories of individual games;
  • producers can upload and manage soundtracks using a partner site, without having to use steamcmd;
  • producers may sell soundtracks even when the game itself from which the soundtrack is derived is not available on Steam.

At the same time, each soundtrack will contain a set of standard MP3s, but it is also possible to add high-quality content magazines, i.e. FLAC or raw WAV. And by the way they will contain elements such as album graphics or so-called booklet. It's for customers. What about website partners? Well, Steam has prepared a tool for developers to facilitate the conversion of existing soundtracks that will automate the conversion of DLC to the new application format. At the same time, those studios that do not sell their own productions through Steam are also encouraged to cooperate in the sale of soundtracks.

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The best music in games

The soundtrack in the game is probably as important as the picture and story. Just listen to Woodkid in the assassins’s Creed trailer to understand that without him, this trailer wouldn't have had that power.

Various services make their own listings of the best soundtracks. Of course, this choice is always a matter of taste. For our part, we recommend the uncomplicated, but nice to the ear, music from the "Machinarium" by Amanita Design studio (also responsible for "Botanicula" and "Samorosta"), a great soundtrack from "Sayonara Wild Hearts", by Daniel Olsen and Jonathan Eng, from starring Linnei Olsson and, last but not least, our "The Witcher" with the music of Adam Skorupa.
And from a completely different barrel: it is worth listening to the sensational soundtrack for the movie "Arrival", composed by the unfortunately dead Jóhann Jóhannsson and the somewhat forgotten "The Piano" (dir. Jane Campion), where the music is written by Michael Nyman. | allthingsblogging.com

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