Rock Band stats are staggering

by: Dan -
Harmonix passed along some stats today regarding the content available from their powerhouse franchise Rock Band. Since the debut just over two years ago, some 1,000+ songs from 390 bands are now available to play across all the Rock Band games. In addition, some sort of DLC that has been created by the Harmonix team has been available for 105 consecutive weeks. Harmonix also mentioned that the Rock Band Network, once it goes live, will also offer up the opportunity for Bands and Labels to use the suite of tools to author and upload their own playable tracks. Oh yeah, there have been over 60 million songs downloaded to date from the Rock Band music store, which is simply an incredible feat for a franchise that took a risk to go where no game had gone before.
OVER 1,000 SONGS NOW AVAILABLE FOR ROCK BAND™ PLATFORM

Rock Band Reaches Unprecendented Milestone By Offering More Music and Artists Than Any Other Music Video Game Via Disc and Downloadable Content

BOSTON/NEW YORK – Nov. 25, 2009 – Harmonix, the leading developer of music-based games, and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), today announced that Rock Band now has more than 1,000 songs available for consumers to play within the Rock Band Music platforms for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation® 3 computer entertainment system and Wii™. Featuring the music of more than 390 bands, the Rock Band platform is, without question, the industry leader in providing the best selection of interactive musical content, songs and artists.

“When we launched Rock Band two years ago, we made a promise to create a music gaming experience that delivered on a weekly basis more songs and artists than ever imagined,” said Alex Rigopulos, co-founder and CEO of Harmonix Music Systems. “We’re extremely proud to pass this remarkable milestone of over 1,000 songs in Rock Band and will continue to innovate and bring more of the best music to Rock Band players all over the world."

"The library of great songs available to players on the Rock Band platform is vast and continues to grow," said Paul DeGooyer, Senior Vice President of Electronic Games and Music at MTV Networks Music Group. "This milestone reflects a tremendous amount of hard work from the world-class teams at Harmonix, MTV Games and at our artist, management, label and publishing partners."

Rock Band delivers content in a variety of unique ways. Fans can access content included on the disc of Rock Band 2 and export other discs into their music library including Rock Band, LEGO® Rock Band, and a variety of track packs, which employ the disc export technology that Harmonix pioneered. Additionally, players can select from weekly downloadable content, now in its 105th consecutive week, all created by the dedicated Harmonix audio and art teams.

To date, Rock Band fans have downloaded more than 60 million songs from the Rock Band Music Store, and coming soon, Harmonix and MTV Games will be delivering new content via the Rock Band Network, a new suite of tools that allow bands and labels of all shapes and sizes to author their songs into downloadable, playable Rock Band tracks available for sale. With more than 1,000 tracks available to date in the standard Rock Band platform, the Rock Band Network Music Store will exponentially increase the number of songs available, further securing MTV Games and Harmonix’s position as the leading provider of downloadable content for music-based video games.

For a complete list of all 1,000 songs, please visit www.rockband.com/music or see the attached documents, which outline all songs to date, plus some fun Rock Band platform song stats.

For more information on Rock Band, please visit www.rockband.com.
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