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Motley Crue Single Does Better On Rock Band 127

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
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Erik J writes "Remember about six weeks ago when Motley Crue and Rock Band partnered to release a new single premiering first in the game before anywhere else? Come to find out their song 'Saints of Los Angeles' was downloaded over 47,000 times on the Xbox version alone, beating out digital services iTunes and Amazon, which were tapped only 10,000 times for the single."
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Motley Crue Single Does Better On Rock Band

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  • by elrous0 (869638) * on Friday May 30, 2008 @04:20PM (#23603947)
    Look, I loved Crue back in the 80's (who didn't?), but their albums and singles these days aren't exactly shattering sales records. I imagine that just about *ANY* new song added to Rock Band would sell better than any given new Crue single on iTunes, just because of the completists and those looking for ANY new content.

    I mean, 47,000 downloads is great and all, but there was a time when a new Crue album would sell in the MILLIONS.

  • No good? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 30, 2008 @04:23PM (#23603985)
    So people downloaded the Rock Band version (since it came out first), realized it sucked and didn't bother to get the amazon or itunes version?
  • Less Supply (Score:5, Insightful)

    by D Ninja (825055) on Friday May 30, 2008 @04:26PM (#23604015)

    Come to find out their song 'Saints of Los Angeles' was downloaded over 47,000 times on the Xbox version alone, beating out digital services iTunes and Amazon who only were only tapped 10,000 times for the single.
    Maybe it's just me, but this doesn't seem all that surprising. I mean, iTunes has millions(?) of songs. People aren't going to download Motley Crew unless they like them/know about them/whatever. Rock Band has maybe a hundred (don't know, I haven't been on the store), and people want more songs to keep the game fresh, so they are going to buy it.

    It seems pretty straightforward. Unfortunately, it seems like people (the author of the article, for example) are going to remark on how video game songs are the wave of the future...etc, etc.
  • Re:I just love.. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by arth1 (260657) on Friday May 30, 2008 @04:31PM (#23604079) Homepage Journal
    Whether "some people still like material goods" is irrelevant when comparing two digital distribution methods.

    What's interesting is how much more the songs sold on Rock Band compared to iTunes and Amazon. This will, of course, be due to many factors, not the least being that Motley Crue has many songs that are suitable for "air guitar". This doesn't imply that other songs will have the same sales pattern, but might be worth noting for artists who produce music that is suited for Rock Band and Guitar Hero.
  • Re:I just love.. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by PoliTech (998983) on Friday May 30, 2008 @04:35PM (#23604147) Homepage Journal
    I'm not sure that this is a completely pointless comparison.

    The funny thing about online music downloads (and the MAFIAA) is that I'm more than willing to pay for all of my media just as I pay for all of my games, (which I can also usually download just as easily for free). The reason I pay for games is because the publishers add value like game servers, ranking and records, updates, and free stuff like wallpaper and screensavers.

    I want to buy music, I want to buy video content, I WANT to support my favorite artists. But right now there is no added value for me if I pay, and currently I actually lose value by paying because the only time I am restricted in my paid media's usage is when I hit a DRM wall.

    No one in the music and movie industries seems to want my money badly enough to actually work for it. And after the last several years of arrogance, lawsuits and being referred to as a "Revenue Stream" rather than as a "Customer", work is what it will take from the music and video industry for me to actually pay for music and video content.

  • Re:I just love.. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by CastrTroy (595695) on Friday May 30, 2008 @04:40PM (#23604227) Homepage
    The big difference is that when you go on iTunes to buy a song, you have millions of songs to choose from. When you go on Rock Band, you don't get a million songs to choose from. Doing this kind of comparison would be like saying that SMB 3 on Virtual Console outsold used cartridges in game stores. It's a completely different product for a completely different market.
  • by steeljaw (65872) on Friday May 30, 2008 @04:46PM (#23604299) Homepage Journal
    >> Anyone who really loved them would never have forgotten the umlaut.

    Apparently anyone who really loved them also would not care to buy their new music... :)
  • by skis (920891) on Friday May 30, 2008 @05:17PM (#23604613)
    You can't play the song on the Rock Band game by buying it on iTunes... They aren't just buying a song to listen to, it is a different product.
  • Re:I just love.. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Stanistani (808333) on Friday May 30, 2008 @05:26PM (#23604727) Homepage Journal

    So what exactly could they possibly offer that wouldn't just be made available for free?
    • A t-shirt?
    • Big Hair wigs?
    • Their undying affection?
    • Oh, yeah. A Live Concert.

    Or, just a solid boxset with good art. Maybe in brushed aluminum. Something nice.

  • by bob.appleyard (1030756) on Friday May 30, 2008 @06:05PM (#23605113)
    English is a language that uses the Latin alphabet.
  • by GastonTheTruck (1048316) on Friday May 30, 2008 @08:15PM (#23606207)
    They do, they are, and you're too old and crusty too notice it, boomertard.
  • Funny you should mention that. My oldest nephew recently raided my old closet at my moms house when she asked him to get rid of my "junk". Now all the girls are fawning over him and telling him how wicked cool he looks in all those "vintage retro" band shirts like Poison,Crue,DLR,etc. Not to mention he snatched my Judas priest satin jacket and all my old 80's shirts with zippers and wild prints like zebra stripes. Now when i go to pick him up and hear the girls fawning over his cool "retro" look i want to scream "That's NOT retro! he just stole all my clothes!!!" Never thought I'd see the day that the bands I jammed out to would be considered classic rock. Damned I'm getting to old for this sh*t. And get off my lawn!

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