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Rock Band Song Export Detailed

All but three of the songs from the original Rock Band are ready to be exported for use in Rock Band 2.

This polygonal dude is A) on drugs and B) singing the praises of Rock Band 2.
The patch to enable song exporting in Rock Band--the feature that will let you add songs from the original release into the soon-to-release Rock Band 2--has gone live on the Xbox 360. Along with the update, Harmonix has nailed down the details on pricing and which songs will be available for export.

The patch adds an "export disc" option to the game's extras menu and will allow players to pony up 400 Microsoft points (five bucks to you and me) to export 55 songs.

If you're sharper than I am, you immediately noticed that there are more than 55 songs in the original Rock Band. Yes, some tracks will be unavailable for export. Those tracks are...

  • Paranoid - Black Sabbath (cover)
  • Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden (cover)
  • Enter Sandman - Metallica

In addition to those, owners of the European version of the game won't be able to get Tokio Hotel's Though the Monsoon.

The info goes on to say that the required fee is to compensate the license holders of the music for the "expanded use" of the material. Harmonix has also reiterated that the RB2 disc will contain 84 tracks, and that 20 free downloadable tracks will be available following the game's launch.

Those are three good, fun tracks from the original Rock Band, and they'll certainly be missed. Well, two of them are covers, so that's not that big of a deal. And I have to imagine the Metallica song is missing due to whatever deal Activision signed with the band when it nailed down Guitar Hero: Metallica. So maybe it's not a very noticeable loss at all. How's about you? Does this make you want to make sure your original Rock Band disc is close at all times so you can go back to those songs?
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Posted by Jeff
This polygonal dude is A) on drugs and B) singing the praises of Rock Band 2.
The patch to enable song exporting in Rock Band--the feature that will let you add songs from the original release into the soon-to-release Rock Band 2--has gone live on the Xbox 360. Along with the update, Harmonix has nailed down the details on pricing and which songs will be available for export.

The patch adds an "export disc" option to the game's extras menu and will allow players to pony up 400 Microsoft points (five bucks to you and me) to export 55 songs.

If you're sharper than I am, you immediately noticed that there are more than 55 songs in the original Rock Band. Yes, some tracks will be unavailable for export. Those tracks are...

  • Paranoid - Black Sabbath (cover)
  • Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden (cover)
  • Enter Sandman - Metallica

In addition to those, owners of the European version of the game won't be able to get Tokio Hotel's Though the Monsoon.

The info goes on to say that the required fee is to compensate the license holders of the music for the "expanded use" of the material. Harmonix has also reiterated that the RB2 disc will contain 84 tracks, and that 20 free downloadable tracks will be available following the game's launch.

Those are three good, fun tracks from the original Rock Band, and they'll certainly be missed. Well, two of them are covers, so that's not that big of a deal. And I have to imagine the Metallica song is missing due to whatever deal Activision signed with the band when it nailed down Guitar Hero: Metallica. So maybe it's not a very noticeable loss at all. How's about you? Does this make you want to make sure your original Rock Band disc is close at all times so you can go back to those songs?
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Posted by LoneStranger

It sure does.  You can never have enough songs, and if the updated game modes are as good as they say they are, the old songs are worth another playthrough.

Posted by Brad

Losing Run to the Hills is killer for me. That was the best song in the first game in which to flex one's falsetto.

If we could ever get Appetite for Destruction in there, we wouldn't have this problem, would we Harmonix?

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Posted by Brym

Enter Sandman and Paranoid will be missed--those are good crowd-pleasing songs.  But it's not enough to get me upset or anything, nor will I pull out my disc just to play those songs.

Posted by PLWolf

I agree with Brad, Appetite For Destruction would more than make up for the loss of these three songs. Guess I'll have to hold on to RB1 for now. I loves me some Enter Sandman and Run to the Hills.

Posted by heavymtlhead

Enter Sandman is a real bummer. And yes, Brad, Run to the Hills is a bit of a shame but hopefully this means that Harmonix is working on getting the master track into RB 2.

Posted by AnEternalEnigma

Wow. I have to say I am pleasantly surprised with this one. Once it came out that all the songs wouldn't be exportable, I was thinking maybe 25-35% of the songs wouldn't make it.

But 55 out of 58 make it? With two of the three exiled being covers? Even though "Enter Sandman" gets sacrificed, I'll take a 94.8% conversion anyday.

Posted by j_meyer_13

Run to the Hills and Enter Sandman are two of my favorite songs in the game, so yeah, this kinda sucks.  Definitely gonna have to keep RB1 now...

Posted by Milkman

Those are the three most popular songs that came on the original Rock Band disc. I don't see the logic here. 

Posted by holybins

As a Rock Band addict, those songs aren't really that important.  There have been so many good DLC releases that, if you play often anyway, you don't really go back to many of the original songs.


Looking outside of that box, though, I can see how people could want to play at least Metallica at a party - but come on, RB2 comes with so many new songs that I doubt any casual party goers will be missing a mere 3 songs.

Also - the downloadable Metallica songs far outwiegh Enter Sandman in the fun department.
Posted by Logan_Aybara

Thank god I never have to play Run to the Hills again.  After trying for a year, it's still the only song I can't drum through on hard, and it's denying me my 40 achievement points!!!

Posted by logson

This pretty much solidifies the idea that I won't need my RB1 disc once Amazon ships RB2.

Posted by ChrisTilton

I have to say I'm going to miss Enter Sandman. That song is so much fun on Expert Guitar and Drums. It's also fun to sing when you've been drinking.

Posted by BranDong

9 cents per song... not bad I guess.. even though we already fucking BOUGHT THEM

Posted by KillerFly

These are three pretty awesome songs, but I don't care about them anough to need my Rock Band disc once 2 is out.

Posted by DukeTogo

If it means we'll get those two covers as original cuts in the future, then I'll be happy to see them go.  In all honesty - and speaking as a fan of all three of those bands - I didn't really play them very much since they were fairly poor covers.  As for Metallica, if I had to lose a song, one from the Black album is the first I'd pick to go anyway.

I'm still hoping to see an 80's pack for the injustice of that PS2 only bullshit.

Posted by Bartiemus

so any sign of a nz release ?

Posted by FaintDeftone

What I want to know is how much space this will take up on my hard drive, seeing that I only have a 20GB. Will we have to re-beat all of them too? I REALLY don't want to have to try and beat Green Grass again on expert guitar.

Posted by Zalanth

I'm gonna miss Monsoon, me and my girlfriend have played the hell outta that. Just a nice fairly relaxed song to play in between the big ones. As for the other three they're all songs I love but I think with the awesome songs in 2 it'll eclipse the loss.

Posted by tsigo

Sure doesn't. Enter Sandman is fun but I could do without it. Fuck Run to the Hills, and Paranoid is the least fun of the four available Sabbath tracks.

Posted by AnEternalEnigma

The 55 songs take up 1.52GB on an Xbox 360 HDD. The songs MUST be downloaded as one big pack, but once it is completed you can go into your memory and delete the songs you don't want.

Posted by Everyones_A_Critic

I personally wasn't too blown away by the original Rock Band's setlist. I liked the game a lot, but I doubt that once the second one is out I'll ever want to go back to some of those songs....That being said, RB2's setlist looks fucking amazing.

Posted by killawogg

for now i got no problem switching discs but that could change.. record companies are a joke i read an article that they want itunes to raise the price on it songs , wonder if they will jack the prices up on rock band and gh world tour??


bring it on im ready for some rock band 2

Posted by Mourne

Great songs, but the rest are even greater. I'll take those 55 tracks over to Rock Band 2 for $5 without question.

Posted by MetalGearSunny

To hell with Run To The Hills, but Paranoid and Enter sandman were really fun to play.

Posted by ThePelinal

Enter Sandman and Paranoid are great songs, but losing them is a very small price to pay for the other 55, in my opinion.   I can't imagine myself ever, ever putting the Rock Band 1 disc back in just to play those.

Posted by FiestaUnicorn

there will be another 159 songs available right away.  missing three doesn't seem like it matters.

Posted by Afroman269

I don't mind about the covers because the original versions may appear in RB2 as downloads but no I love Enter Sandman and I don't want to trade discs just for one song!

Posted by TrakMastaTom

The only song of those 3 I will miss even a little is Paranoid.  And I won't miss that one much.  It's all tight.

Posted by UkuleleSHIMA

I know how popular these tunes are but honestly I'm pretty tired of playing them. Sandman was played to DEATH whenever you'd do online multiplayer and it was ALL OVER the World Tour mode. Paranoid was also on GHIII so that was already beaten to death. And isn't Run to the Hills (Master) going to be on GH:World Tour? No biggie if your planing on getting that like me.

I'm still amazed (and grateful) that they are even allowing ANY songs to be imported, and for so cheap too!

Posted by JJ

I"m not going to miss Enter Sandman. It was to repetitive for my tastes.

Posted by oberonix

Seems to me like unless they track some unique identifier this will lead to a lot of people swapping the disc.  I know I will probably sell my disc once I do the import since it will be useless.  $5 is more than fair to offset that though and I'm glad they were able to work a deal like that out, looking forward to it.

Posted by LCad

Meh.  I guess Paranoid had fun drums, but it was really easy on everything else.  Enter Sandman was in a similar position.  Run to the Hills, while a good song, was just annoying on guitar because of the stupid Rock Band timing window and a bitch on drums to the point of not being fun.  Not a huge loss.

Posted by Red

I love Enter Sandman! Run to the Hills is a GOOD song, but I'll probably be happier without it. I can never get down that drum pattern!

Posted by Godzilla_Sushi

I mean, I'm not really big on spending money for something like that even if it's so cheap. I'd rather get a couple DLC songs and just deal with putting a disc in. Of course, between DLC and Rock Band 2 I can't even imagine going back to most of those songs. The new soundtrack is just about the best I have ever seen.

Plus, all I am doing right now is playing Highway Star over and over again anyway! I shouldn't even care. Seriously, that song is awesome.....seriously it's all I've been playing for weeks.

Posted by Kraznor

Whatever, missing three songs really pales in comparison with the awesomeness of having so many songs available with only one disc. Besides, I can use this as another excuse to talk trash about Activision and all things Guitar Hero.

Posted by matrix_hiei

As much as I love those Run to the Hills as a song, it's a cover in Rock Band, and with all the content released at this point, there's really no reason to play covers. The cover of Paranoid is pretty terrible IMO, so that means nothing to me, and while Enter Sandman is good, there's already 4 songs by them in the game. IMO, Enter Sandman is the worst of the Metallica songs in Rock Band, so that's not a big deal to me. Would I have preferred to keep these songs? Absolutely, especially in the case of Enter Sandman. However, I would much rather lose 2 covers and a song by a band with others in the game than a master track by a band that only has a single song in the Rock Band franchise.

Posted by Erock

Enter Sandman is the only song that'll be kind of missed. I mean having 84 songs to replace it will be fine, but it was one of the songs I got real good at. I only missed the first note on my 2038 note streak.

Posted by Metron4

Awww! Enter Sandman was my anchor song! Just when I would poop out, I'd play that and get all fired up again..

Posted by Blue

Enter Sandman not in because of exclusive deal with activision or what?

Posted by F1

Doesn't matter that we aren't getting RTTH and Paranoid. They are covers anyway. Enter Sandman will be missed, but it isn't the best of Metallica anyway.
This export process was very easy for me and I'm really excited for RB2 now!!

Posted by Druxk

Not really that concerned with losing those three songs.  It sucks, but with the awesome as shit soundtrack RB 2 has going for it...I'll live.

Posted by Junpei

I'm not too worried about the 3 tracks dropping off really, but I just hope that the 20 free songs for the XBox launch will carry over to the PS3 launch as well and that it isn't part of the deal Microsoft made to get it launched earlier for them.

Posted by Caddy

I still don't know if I will export yet or not. I guess I will just have to wait and see.

Posted by Doogie2K

Don't forget, "Paranoid" is a Guitar Hero III song (also as a cover).  That could be part of it (though that doesn't explain "Mississippi Queen" making the cut).

As someone who doesn't yet own Rock Band (I refuse to buy it for the Wii unless I get access to the same DLC as the other two consoles), I have no other opinion on the subject.

Posted by MannAlive

This is an awesome development.  I expected to lose a lot more songs than that.  And I've always hated that Guitar Hero 1 basically doesn't exist for me anymore.  Even though the songs are covers, they sounded great and were hella fun to play.  Those are the best 'fingerings' of any of these fake guitar games, in terms of just how fun it is to move your fingers around the frets.

On the whole, Rock Band gets some pretty awesome songs, but their fingers tend to be pretty damn boring.

But playing Painkiller and Flirting with Disaster in the same game -- Hell Yes!!

Posted by TrackZero

Eh, I'll miss Run to the Hills.   But it almost seems proper that there will be one old song on the first disc I'll want to go back to on some rare occasion.  The other tracks I didn't really care for.

Posted by JakJ

I'm surprised that Aerosmith song transfered over, considering GH: Aerosmith. Maybe because it was a cover?

Posted by Mruk63

400 nice.