Harmonix Announces Rock Band Network, Our Hard Drives Hide in Fear

Today on Twitter, @HarmonixSean was in a tissy about when the newest issue of Billboard would arrive, fellow Tweeters and followers thought nothing of it, until he posted a link to Billboard’s site.  The Rock Band community exploded with this new, fascinating news.

“We’ve figured out how to make it so anybody who owns and controls masters and publishing can put music into [Rock Band] at their own pace,” MTV Games exec Paul DeGooyer tells Billboard.

This upcoming feature, to be set in open beta sometime in August will allow artists, and about anyone with a master track they own the rights to, create a song for use in Rock Band.  The Rock Band Network will be based on Microsoft’s XNA Creator’s Club.  If you want to make your own tracks, you’ll also have to be a member of Microsoft’s XNA Creator’s Club which will run you about $99 a year.  Don’t fret (hehe, see what I did there) PlayStation and Wii owners, a Harmonix rep has stated that the standout songs created will also arrive on the PlayStation Store and for the Wii.

With the possibilities here, it could mean Rock Band maxing out to thousands of songs by the end of this year with the help of the community, much more than Harmonix promised us for last year – 500.

So, do you guys and gals see this going anywhere?  Will actual touring rock bands use this or will we experience the same lack luster quality we see in so many other Xbox Live Community games?  Comments?  Shoot away.  Please note this is my first WordPress post, haha, so tell me what you thought of my editing too.

PSP.FM (Last.FM Portable)

How can I access it?

PSP.FM is currently in beta, meaning it is not yet complete or bug-free. However, most things are functional and usable. You can access it by clicking here, but be aware that the link may change before final release. PSP.FM is best viewed using a PSP. Using it on a computer is not an accurate representation of how it appears on the PSP.

What does it do? (Features)

  • View artist info
  • Read artist bio
  • See listening of top tracks by artist
  • View artist discography
  • View album info
  • Find upcoming concerts
  • View artist photos
  • Find similar artists you might enjoy
  • Nominate artists to be Artist of the Week and be featured on the front page
  • View popular artists from the past week
  • View Last.FM user profiles including recently played tracks and top artist/track charts
  • Perhaps more to come, or others I forgot to list

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Gnextop – giving your PSP productivity

Chances are you’ve seen everything your PSP can do: games, videos, music, internet. But what else can it do?

Find out with Gnextop – the free application that gives you the power to create documents, read email, chat with friends and a whole lot more!

Gnextop is free, open source, and will operate on almost any PSP without any modifications. Simply run it in the internet browser, no internet required!