The state of RBN (and why you don’t see marketplace links)

Posted: April 8th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blog

So the big news, as many of you have probably noticed, is that there are no more marketplace links to download the full/trial versions of RBN songs.

This bothered a good number of people, and Harmonix employees have responded/explained in forum posts in the forum and Creators forum.

It seems that allowing people to download RBN songs through the XBox Live marketplace web site was never intended, and their agreement with Microsoft was that those marketplace pages would not exist.

According to Harmonix, only a very small percent of purchases were made through the online store.  Many users responded by saying “but I downloaded lots of trial versions online to try, and then made my purchases in-game after playing the demo!”  HMXMister_Game responded by saying that there aren’t actually that many demo downloads.

Based on the responses from Harmonix employees over the last week or so, it seems that they are unlikely to add this functionality back very soon.  I doubt any amount of complaining will change their minds – a noticeable drop in sales would probably be the only thing that would make them reconsider.

I hope that sales don’t suffer – I love RBN, and the charters and artists that make it rock.  However, given how annoying it can be to browse the in-game marketplace, I can only imagine that at least some sales will be lost.

The list of songs will continue updating, though songs will not show up until after they appear in the song list.  I will start pushing song announcements out via the Twitter account again shortly (sans the prices and demo links).

I hope to keep this site the best place to find out which RBN songs are worth buying.  I just fixed a bug that was keeping authors from adding YouTube links for their songs, so hopefully this will still be a handy place to find those video links.

I will leave you with this quote from HMXLachesis’ post on the subject of finding out about new songs, from the Creators forum thread:

There are many official places to learn about what songs have been released, including:

1) the store updates thread (
2) the songs page (, Rock Band Network tab)
3) the Friday New to RBN posts in the Blog (
4) the Newest Releases section in the in-game Music Store


11 Comments on “The state of RBN (and why you don’t see marketplace links)”

  1. 1 Matt said at 14:54 on April 9th, 2011:

    Thanks for keeping up. Seems like a foolish move on HMX’s and Microsoft’s part.

  2. 2 Anex said at 10:42 on April 10th, 2011:

    Well that rather sucks. I usually set all kinds of things to my download queue intentionally so I would buy them quickly when I logged in game and just played (almost all my RBN purchases were through those links that were tweeted).

    Now I have to screw around wasting time in game digging through the songs I want.. While the browsing is BETTER than what it was, it is still a laggy pain. It was much easier to do from my computer. :/

  3. 3 eyescovered said at 05:23 on April 11th, 2011:

    Thank you for your continued work on the site. I will still use it for reference purposes.

    Good luck to everyone clunking their way through the in-game store!!!

  4. 4 Konador said at 09:29 on April 12th, 2011:

    Farewell RBN! No web-queueing = no impulse buys!

  5. 5 RickC said at 10:48 on April 12th, 2011:

    Wait? Didn’t they give some excuse about “coordinating song launches” for getting rid of the links? But now Part Two of the TesseracT song has just been released, but Part One is not out yet. I do not see much coordination there!

  6. 6 jimbury said at 12:17 on April 12th, 2011:

    what a shame.

    thanks anyway for all your work, your site has been an invaluable resource for me for pretty much the entire life of the rbn, you are to be commended :)

  7. 7 DragoonXD said at 21:26 on April 12th, 2011:

    @RickC: Part One of the TesseracT song is not coming to RBN at this point.

  8. 8 Peridot Weapon said at 02:44 on April 13th, 2011:

    Well, as long as the site stays up in a form that tells us WHEN new content appears, it’s a lot better than spending the time to visit the in-game store each session just in case something new came out.

    And I figured the TesseracT song was one where Part One doesn’t exist or wouldn’t ‘fit’ for a Rock Band song. Like “Witch Hunt (Part III of Fear)” or “Smash It Up (Part II)”.

  9. 9 RickC said at 08:15 on April 14th, 2011:

    I had TesseracT confused with another prog band, Andromeda, who are coming out with a single long song split into two RBN tracks.

    Of course, Andromeda, the band, are not to be confused with Andromeda, the song, recently released by another prog band, Blue Fusion.


  10. 10 Sid Kafizz said at 10:16 on May 12th, 2011:

    Very late comment here – I buy a whole lot fewer RBN tracks than I used to thanks to the lost functionality. I used to download demos by the bucketful, then try/buy them at my leisure. I still have a big “reserve”, but I haven’t added to it since before the marketplace links were lost.

  11. 11 IBitePrettyHard said at 10:26 on June 11th, 2011:

    I’ve also been buying fewer RBN tracks since they removed the links, it’s far more convenient to use this site. Doesn’t mean I won’t keep coming here first though, keep up the good work TehShrike!

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