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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.