They were planning a jukebox mode for Rock Band 2, but it was cut; apparently some record labels didn't like the idea.
I did this a lot and didn't notice vocals being less.
Yes, I still do want to see another RB game in hopes to revive the love.
But a stand alone application that just plays the music for entertainment probably doesn't fit under the contract. Music Licensing is hard. This type of application would have to deal with the royalty rates associated with radio play and music streaming because essentially that's what your asking for is a music streaming platform.
Essentially I could put RB in performance mode and listen to all the RB songs in my library and as long as I hit one button between song hear them plain as day.
I'm guessing with Blitz it will be similar.
HMX has licensed the music for RB and somehow they share that license now with Blitz. So, you're saying that because it's not a "game" per se we can't have this?
Fine, make it a game that will play the songs without interruption. Make it as crappy as you like and it will satisfy this legal issue you've spelled out.
I still don't think this licensing issue is the problem.
The fact that you can set the songs up and let them run without actually playing is incidental and, as you've pointed out, not actually what you want since you have to interact with the game between songs. A jukebox music player can't be construed as a game and would be objected to by the music rights holders because it potentially robs them of the opportunity to sell you the music in general purpose music files.
Mike Scott, San Diego, CA, USA (XBL: MikeHellion, PSN: MarcHellion)
You want an IPod that plays your dlc. Not the same thing as a rockband game obviously.
I am sure I am right.
If you do your research you'll see this was considered and dropped already like years ago. For fun go read the FAQ at Pandora, and see all the limitations they have on how to stream music, and they're working specifically inside their license, it only gets immensely harder when you try to mix licenses.
And that's not even mentioning the fact that with so little demand, how could they even begin to hope to break even after the cost of developing a new application and releasing it. You do release the vast vast majority of rockband players have little to no dlc. They're going to buy this application so they can listen to Headphones On and Charlene over and over again?
Last edited by peterock2007; 04-26-2012 at 06:08 PM.
Rock Band Radio
It's from the "Songs" page on this website