Rock Band fans, listen up. The game’s expansive library is shrinking. As we knew, Harmonix was only able to acquire limited licenses for some of the songs used, and as time runs out, those songs are yoinked from the Music Store. If you want to make sure you’ve got your favourite songs, you should go buy ’em now.
The library is updated roughly once every three months, as time limits expire on certain tracks. The team at Harmonix is working to try and strike new deals with the license holders, but in some cases, these are proving difficult to acquire.
The bad news? The song (or song pack) has to be pulled from the Music store and can no longer be sold in that format.
The good news? If you’ve already purchased the song (or song pack), then it’s yours – even if you’ve deleted it from your console, you’ll be able to donload it again from your history.
Over the course of the past 12 months, just over 30 songs have been pulled from the library – including a lot of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica – and this trend is set to continue.
There’s no real way to future-proof yourself from the inevitable, either (unless you want to buy all the songs currently available). Instead, it’s probably a good idea to scour the available library and pick up any tracks that you think you might want in the future. The next time you check, they might be gone – another round of songs is expected to be removed in late November.
The current list of expired tracks, by date:
Metallica Pack 01
Metallica – Ride The Lightning
Metallica – And Justice For All
Metallica – Blackened
Crooked X – “Rock ‘n’ Roll Dream”
Die Toten Hosen – “Hier Kommt Alex”
Les Wampas – “Manu Chao”
The Material – “Moving to Seattle”
Them Terribles – “Bullets & Guns”
Tokio Hotel – “Monsoon”
Vesuvius – “Promised Land”
MTV2 Pack 01
T.Rex – Bang A Gong
The Janitors – Get Your Rock On
Locksley – All Over Again
Locksley – Don’t Make Me Wait
Locksley – She Does
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Snow (Hey Oh)
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Tell Me Baby
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Apache Rose Pea****
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Breaking the Girl
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Funky Monks
Red Hot Chili Peppers – I Could Have Lied
Red Hot Chili Peppers – If You Have to Ask
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Mellowship Slinky in B Major
Red Hot Chili Peppers – My Lovely Man
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Naked in the Rain
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Sir Psycho Sexy
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Suck My Kiss
Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Greeting Song
Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Power of Equality
Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Righteous and The Wicked
Red Hot Chili Peppers – They’re Red Hot
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Under the Bridge
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik Album Pack
Locksley Pack 01
While it won’t necessarily update until after the fact, there is a handy Licensing thread on the Harmonix Forums, which will let you know which songs have gone. The studio promises it will make it a priority to give you advance warning of tracks that will be removed, to give you one last chance – but sometimes, the disappearing act is unavoidable.