I know you have more information than we (I?) do. But I just cannot conceive of any circumstance other than "all I wanted was 'Warning' and 'Wake Me Up When September Ends' so why buy a $20 game and a $10 export" leading someone to buy any of that DLC. Which, obviously, makes me wonder how well they'll really sell. We can't fakey guess at it since the export versions and the store-DLC versions have the same leaderboards (right?), but...yeah, I just can't imagine why anyone would do any more than cherry pick a song or three.
I hope I'm wrong, and the DLC is wildly successful and makes you guys buckets of cash. But no one ever expects to be wrong
I suppose your reply will be that the game is hard to find, but that's simply not true.
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But Aly if I use my credit/debit card on the internet Amazon will steal my information and use it and spend all my money!
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I've got to say, when I first saw a Green Day pack was coming, I got a little excited. It was only when I discovered that it was (mostly) songs I already own that I became less pleased. There are still good, unreleased Green Day that I would be happy to buy... Walking Contradiction perhaps?
But on to the subject of next weeks dlc... Mixed singles is the most likely bet...
Cake - Going the Distance
Cake - Short Skirt/ Long Jacket
Gotye - Somebody That I Used to Know
"Rely a bit to heavily on alcohol and irony/ Get clobbered on by courtesy/ In love with love and lousy poetry." Aside by The Weakerthans.
So buy an amazon gift card. Presumably at the very same retailer where you buy your MSP/PSN cards, since of course you don't put your bank card info into your console.
I think people would be really surprised by the information available to us. I know the perception is somewhat skewed because the forum community is comprised of hardcore users and early adopters, but not everyone playing RB purchases every disc. Beyond that, a huge percentage of the people that bought GDRB never exported. It's crazy, but it happens.
As for releasing it as DLC, I've covered a lot of the reasoning in the actual GD announce thread, but cheap and readily available copies on Amazon aren't the answer for everyone. Amazon (as is the case with many other online retailers) doesn't service all international regions, and if they do the price conversion and shipping is often cost prohibitive. We also get emails on a near daily basis from people demanding that we point them to physical retailers, brick and mortar stores because they don't want to order games online. They're wary of identity theft, they doubt the veracity of online sellers, they want to support local businesses, etc. Again, crazy, but not everyone is willing to turn to Amazon or eBay to look for older titles. Also, buying a full game online doesn't satisfy users that only want specific content, be it scattered singles or an album or two, which are both potentially cheaper and more specific than the cost of the game via Amazon, and export and possibly shipping. We still get more requests for Dookie and American Idiot than we do for most other albums, even though they are available as part of GDRB.
Plus, as Jibs pointed out, a lot of people aren't even aware that GDRB exists. Again, crazy from the forum perspective, but there are a lot of people in the community who are significantly removed from the day to day updates. I would say maybe 50% of the band requests we get are for bands that are already in Rock Band and people just don't know it. So, after 2 years, it may not be at the forefront of someone's mind, and they may not even think to look for it online. But if we're shouting about DLC, and the band is able to promote and it's in the in game store and it's cross listed in Blitz and it's visible in the XBLA and PSN marketplaces, and 1st party promotes it as they do all DLC releases, that's all exposure the content wouldn't get if we just directed people to an Amazon link.
We've got pretty good data to draw from, including retail and DLC info as well as past experience doing almost this exact same thing with Track Packs. It may not hit the mark with the early adopters and the more plugged in forum members, but there is another 98% of the community out there with a much different mindset.