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You did a good job of recording the noise. Start with the easy first. Check the level of the power steering fluid. It should be up to the bottom of the neck, and at the proper level on the dipstick that is a part of the power steering cap. Low fluid can make the power steering pump "howl".
Next, find a "mechanic's stethoscope". That is something like a long screwdriver (16" to 24") or a long slender stick. Put the business end of the screwdriver on the alternator, the power steering pump, or the idler pulley housing and put your ear to the handle end. One of those units, which is being driven by the serpentine belt, may have a bad bearing in it. You hould be quickly able to hear the offending=noise-making part. Understand that some parts like the idler pulley or the tensioning pulley may be difficult or impossible for you to reach with your improvised "stethoscope".
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