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Metallica songs yanked from Rock Band DLC as licensing agreements expire - GameSpot

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Metallica songs yanked from Rock Band DLC as licensing agreements expire

Customers who have already purchased songs will be unaffected, with Harmonix saying that future updates on DLC will likely arrive quarterly.

by Martin Gaston on April 9, 2013

Rock Band's older DLC content will begin to leave the game's store as licensing agreements expire, developer Harmonix has said. Metallica's "Ride the Lightning," "And Justice for All," and "Blackened" are the first, and currently only, tracks to be affected. The three songs were released on the Rock Band store back in November 2007. Speaking about the potential removal of songs from the Rock Band library, Harmonix said on Facebook that "our Music Team has been hard at work extending these licenses to make sure that this has as small an impact on the community as possible, but there may be a very limited number of songs that will no longer be offered for new purchases in the Rock Band store." At present, customers who have already purchased the content will be unaffected by the removal of the songs and will be able to download them if required. Harmonix says that future updates on Rock Band DLC relicensing will likely arrive on a quarterly basis. The developer says it is "making it a priority" to give players notice ahead of content expiring. "We'll do our best to make sure that you have one last chance to buy these legacy catalog tracks," said Harmonix. The final downloadable track for Harmonix's Rock Band Store, "American Pie" by Don McLean, was released on April 2. In total, the store saw over 4,000 tracks released across 275 consecutive weeks. "We're incredibly proud of the DLC milestones we've set, especially producing the largest music library of any game available, and we wouldn't have been able to release as much outstanding content without the support of our amazing community," wrote Harmonix in February. Rock Band 3 Video Review
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zyxahn 5ptsFeatured
Apr 10, 2013
To me it's like listening to the songs, people still do that don't they ???  Instead of just turning on the music you play it in these games.  The Blood Sugar Sex Magic cd is a constant favorite of mine to play through.  Just incase anyone says I play the game because I can't play an actual guitar I can play them on one of those as well.  Covering the bases :)
ninjaroach81 5ptsFeatured
Apr 9, 2013
Wait, do people still play Rock Band?
Nibbles37 5ptsFeatured
Apr 9, 2013
If I was a musician famous or not and my tracks were on Rock Band I would be honored they wanted to include my stuff and want it up there for all time so that people could enjoy the music no matter when they showed up to the party.
nazart81 5ptsFeatured
Apr 9, 2013
it's time for the rocksmith guys to up their game and grab some metallica songs.
adroge1 5ptsFeatured
Apr 9, 2013
Oh Metallica... yeah, used to listen to them until they demonstrated their true colors. A bunch of cry babies if you ask me.
fadersdream 5ptsFeatured
Apr 9, 2013
@adroge1 Same... after all the napster crap I lost interest. Tried to continue liking them but their songs seemed fake. Felt like I was listening to millionaires who play music, not musicians who became millionaires.
raahsnavj 5ptsFeatured
Apr 9, 2013
If I recall, from Rock Band 1 to 2 most of the Metallica stuff got dropped at that point. Goes to show you whoever manages their label has little to no care about those that enjoy their music. The EA equivalent of the music industry...
Dagus0323 5ptsFeatured
Apr 9, 2013
I love their music but their moral standings are kinda iffy for me.
I under stand that they want musicians to make as much money as possible because with more money in music, more people are drawn to make music, thereby increasing the evolution and amount of new groups after them to prosper after becoming popular.
but they just end up looking like fucking dickheads doing what is a sorta good thing lol. they need a better manager
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