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One Band Gets 2 Tracks on Forthcoming Rock Band for iPhone
Oct 15, 2009
By Greg Gazin - Apple Gazin’ - G4 Canada
When EA Mobile releases Rock Band for iPhone and iPod Touch later this month, one band will get 2 of the core games’ 20 legendary rock tracks – and that lucky band is the Foo Fighters. Both Learn to Fly and Everlong will appear along with 18 other tracks by artists such as Blondie, Blink-182, Joan Jett and the Go-Go’s. With the thousands of choices, it just seems a little odd that one artist would get the nod twice- but good for former Nirvana star and FF founder Dave Grohl. But fear not, you can always check out the in-game store and chances are you will find something to suit your taste. Maybe it’s Devo or Social Distortion or more Foo-Fighter tracks – but either way, you’ll have to wait and see.
Here are the 20 Legendary Rock Tracks
AFI - "Girl's Not Grey"
BlueTooth Multiplayer Experience
According to EA Mobile’s Facebook Page, Rock Band for iPhone and iPod Touch, created in Montreal, is the first full-band multiplayer experience for this platform. You can certainly play solo, but you can also play with 3 more band mates via Live BlueTooth multiplayer mode. The first person needs to start the game and create the invite – while others, who must be in range, need to see if there is a gig happening. They can then join in, select the song and instrument they want to play.
Alternately you can synch up via Facebook and get push notifications when your mates want you get you out to a gig.
Because everything is happening on the screen, there will be a slight variation from the console version due to the lack of external controllers. To keep in tune the players will match up or hit a series of coloured dots, while the music remains in sync among the various devices, keeping in true form to the original.
According to EA Mobile, “Rock Band lets players hit the road solo or form a band and play with friends. They can select Quick Play Mode or travel the rock and roll highway in Tour Mode, and start by playing in empty dives and making their way to packed arenas, all while collecting rewards and working their way up the leader boards.”
The game has already been available in the US for about a month for Verizon SmartPhones but according to mocoNews, the iPhone version, was previewed by EA Mobile at CTIA – The Wireless Association last week, by camping out in a Rock Band decaled bus parked at the Hard Rock Hotel.
And while Beatlemanics had their Rock & Roll dreams come true with the release of The Beatles Rock Band last month- (see G4 Review), it still remains to seen whether we’ll see anything from John, Paul George and Ringo in the near term as the standoff between Apple Corps and Apple Inc. continues.
Rock Band for iPhone and iPod Touch will feature mp3 quality sound and requires OS Version 3.0 but runs best with 3.0.1 and up. It should be available this month at the Apple App Store with a price yet to be announced.
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