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"The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help."
Telling people online how wrong they are since 1990.
nobody caught my obvious sarcasm?
Guitar Hero 2005-2011
I caught it... The "unknown band" part was pretty obvious...
Harmonix, thanks to Jimi Hendrix Experience, you've made sure I never will say one bad word about your company!
Read all those posts and thought I would throw my 2 cents in here.
I can definitely see why some people would think $2500 for a song is high. Not being in a band ever, I wouldn't know for sure, but I would assume that for an "indie" band this would be a lot of money to come up with. And for what most likely would be not a very good return at all. As was stated by a few posters here, most songs don't sell that many copies at all. But, they might have that money and decide that the exposure and the possible returns are worth it for them.
But, let's look at some other types of bands. Your a band with a label and they think this RBN sounds like a great idea! They want to put some of their artists in Rock Band, so they research how to do it. They say, "Hmm, it takes a good amount of work to put a song into rock band. But there are professional groups that do it for a fee." Well, instead of hiring people to do a number of songs for RBN, they decide to outsource this to a business that does this all the time. To me then, $2500 sounds like a very reasonable rate, in fact, might be on the low side.
Consider the amount of work that goes into making these tracks. Let's assume someone makes $25/hr doing this as their livelihood. This is a very reasonable rate to charge someone for a high-quality service.
Also, I think people are assuming that the current DLC selling rates will stay like they are now. I don't think this is true. Rock Band is getting more and more popular. Not only in homes, but in public places (see Rock Band Bar Nights program). With more and more exposure of Rock Band, many new artists and songs will be in front of people that they would never be before! I think these bands/labels are paying for exposure more than they are paying for returns to be honest.
One last statement. I vehemently disagree with people saying that charing $2500 a song, or any amount for that matter, is a scam. These companies are providing a service for a price. This is what we call a business, not a scam. It is up to the consumer to decide whether the service is worth the cost.
The unemployed musicians on this board will flame you and accuse you of being a member of the Rock Band coder companies trying to justify their scammy costs.
They will then go on to explain why the only fair solution is to chart the songs for free and *hope* that the bands, (which will be comprised of complete strangers) will be honest enough to give you a small royalty for each download