Rock Band reaches 2.5 million song downloads

Posted by Mark Raby

Los Angeles (CA) - In just a couple months, users have downloaded over two million additional songs for the rhythm game sensation Rock Band, surpassing MTV's own expectations.

Rock Band went on sale for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 on November 20, 2007.  From the beginning, one of the main features of the game was the ability to download additional songs, most of which are around $2 each.  A PS2 version of the game was released a month later but does not have the song download feature.

It has gained notoriety by being the first game of its kind to bring out new song downloads every week since its release.  The most recent update this week included The Monkees' Last Train To Clarksville, Blink 182's All the Small Things, and Sweet's Action.

MTV Games, which publishes Rock Band, said the most popular download was a three-song bundle of tracks from Metallica.  The best-selling single was Juke Box Hero from Foreigner.  Other top downloads included the Police and Queens of the Stone Age bundles and the singles Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival and Weezer's Buddy Holly.

"The music industry is in, how do we say, challenged times and we were testing the consumer's desire for more gameplay around popular music," said Van Toffler, the president of MTV's Music, Logo and Films group.