Rock Band Swelling to 500 Songs by Year End

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Rock Band will offer more than 500 songs by the end of the year, according to information confirmed by developer Harmonix on Wednesday.

The disclosure came during a private preview of Rock Band 2 at the E3 gaming conference.  “We’ll have 500 songs by the end of the year,” Sean Baptiste, manager of Community Development at Harmonix, told Digital Music News.

Baptiste stopped short of naming names, though he pointed to “big bands” ahead.  Ahead of a September release, Rock Band 2 is rolling with a catalog that includes AC/DC, Bob Dylan, and an exclusive Guns N’ Roses track.

Currently, the game offers more than 200 songs, either from the disc itself or through in-game downloads.  Rock Band has already amassed 16 million in-game downloads, according to up-to-date figures supplied by an MTV representative.  The game is published by MTV Games and distributed by Electronic Arts.

Report by publisher Paul Resnikoff at E3 in Los Angeles.