Value for money is subjective - length of song, number of instruments playable, RB1 RB2 or RB3 era features, quality of the instrument being character in the first place etc. Personally ive been reasonably happy with the price of the songs on RB regardless - especially as long as they maintain the pack discount which really has saved me hundreds of pounds now i would imagine.
Does make me wonder though why SOME songs are still so expensive such as the cover or older versions of songs since re-released in much more appealing form. I mean why charge the same for an old Iron Maiden cover when you can get the newer version actually played by the band or an old Queen classic when for the same price you can get harmony vocals and keyboards now.
Either way as long as things remain much the same price wise ill stay on board - you could argue weve never had it so good with Keys both Pro and Legacy charts as well as Harmony vocals thrown in for free with every RB3 released now where applicable and all for the same price we were paying years ago. Still back in those days were the best discounts ever - im talking all the packs being half price for a month of release from massive big hitters like Roadrunner pack 01 to lesser known efforts such as Locksley.
Hoping for more british music on RB Blitz
Comparing prices to other countries is fine as a consumer to a point, but you also have to factor in purchasing power. Things here are ridiculously expensive (Xbox live points cost more than double the equivalent in US dollars at the moment, as 20CHF--$22 USD--buys you only 800 points, which are $10 in the US), but the average McDonald's worker gets at least triple the pay here than they would in the US.
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Well, I certainly don't think $2 for a song I can participate and interact with on many different instruments is expensive. On the contrary, actually; it's a terrific and consistant bargain. Generally speaking, when I purchase a song I get at least my $2 worth of enjoyment out of it that same day; not to mention the days, months and potentially years that will follow. And further more, I am simply greatful that, after RB 3 was released with harmonies and keys involved with many songs, that HMX decided not to raise the price. They certainly could have.
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Instead of comparing to other DLC, or iTunes, or how many instruments each track lets you play... I have some advice, playing Rock Band is a hobby:
Any hobby is expensive. Playing video games is just one of my hobbies. I also play Magic the Gathering, and the cost of extra cards for my decks adds up.... I also read Comic books, buying those extra issues each month I want to read, adds up... the list goes on. How many hobbies do you have, and how important are the songs you see available as DLC to you?
Rock Band is currently the only video game I play, but I have a friend who plays shooter games [gives me a headache to watch... not my cup of tea]... and he has told me about DLC for games he plays being $5 or more for just one extra level. He's also told me about fighter games where he has paid $5 just to get a character he wants to play as. Sounds like a waste to me, but he always sounds like he's having fun, so his money.
I justify the cost I spend on DLC because I've invested to much in my hardware to play it on. I have a drum kit, three guitars[think of it as a spare for if one breaks... also one person can do keyboard part on guitar so we've used all three at once], a keyboard, three mics [along with two mic stands so a player on another instrument can sing backup], and one pro guitar[the Squier, which I also have an amp for outside the game]. When you've bought a console, and that many instruments, and Rock Band is the only game you play... the DLC seems so negligible[and you don't need to buy it all, only what you like]. Also, I spend an hour or two[sometimes more] most nights playing. I host about three Rock Band parties a year, and having songs that my friends like makes parties much more enjoyable. I think New Years Eve we played less than five on disc songs. I spend a lot of hours every week playing Rock Band, so it's important to me, and the cost doesn't bother me. It's what I do for entertainment. I don't have a cable or satalite bill and what I spend less a month on DLC than what I would on a cable serivce or going out to the movies.
I think where the $2[plus $1 for pro if you have pro] "looks expensive" is that a song you buy on itunes you may listen to a lot, where as a song you buy as DLC you may not play "often" [heck I have at least a dozen DLC songs I've never played once]. And I think people also look at how many on disc songs there are for the current low price of $20.
Looking at playing Rock Band as a "hobby", its like any hobby - It costs money to participate, but you get out what you put in. How invested are you in playing Rock Band? How many instruments do you play? How often? Are you tired of the on disc songs?
If you're happy enough with the on disc songs, and one instrument, then as long as you're having fun awsome. If you feel the need to play multiple instruments, or play with other people, or you are tired of the on disc songs... The cost is going to go up for you to get what you want out of it. And the cost of DLC is a lot less than the cost of more instruments.
I know nothing about the complications Harmonix goes through to license the songs, but especially with the addition of Pro [my favorite instrument is pro-keys] I am imagining that the labor to make a song is intensive, and I wonder sometimes how Harmonix can possibly be making money at $2 a song.
Only one person so far has mentioned the pack discount. It doesn't look like a lot, but if you buy a lot of songs over time it adds up. I have around 150 DLC songs, and I think less than 10 of those were singles.... The rest were all packs. The money saved off of two "three song packs" will buy you a pro upgrade on one song.
My recommendation to anyone who wants a lot of DLC... Start your collection slow. How often can you afford to buy one ore more packs? I was for a time buying one pack a week. I bought the packs I wanted as they came out, and on weeks I didn't like the new DLC I bought one older pack I wanted. Your collection grows slowly this way, but it keeps new music coming to you so the game continues to stay fresh. Also, if you have one or more games you can import songs from, this adds a lot of songs to your RB3 library really cheap. If you don't already have RB2, and can find it new[needs to be new so the export code hasn't been used] for an extra $10 you can add those songs into RB3.
I hope I've been helpful.
When I think about the cost of other things, such as, a starbuck's coffee, a bottled water, a pack of cigeretts, a drink in a bar ( I neither smoke or drink ), a parking pass at the airport for one hour, the cost of a movie ticket...you get the idea, I think the couple of bucks for a song that I can play everyday is a steal. I also love that I can purchase track packs at discount prices that add tons more tunes to my library. I think it also needs to be mentioned that there are contests to win dlc on these forums all the time. So if you can't afford the dlc, you can try to win it. I don't see starbucks giving away free stuff. Just saying....
I'm happy with the cost of DLC as it is. I wouldn't want the price to go up for any reason though. It's currently at the sweetspot right now.
$2.00 + $1.00 for pro is such a bargain I can only think that this thread was started because all 3 Billygoats Gruff made it across the bridge and someone(thing) did not get to eat.
Lawdog1521 - I'll go with two. Why? Anytime you have a dead clown you come out ahead.