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Written by Christophor "SuperGuido" Rick   
Tuesday, 23 October 2007


Activision announced that starting today a series of compilations featuring music from the hit franchise Guitar Hero will be available for purchase and download on the iTunes Store.  The tracks will be featured in iTunes Essentials for Guitar Hero, Guitar Hero II, Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s and Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

I'm sure most of you already have all of these songs because you all wanted to rock out before now. I'm not sure this is really a huge deal, but at least it will save you iTunes users some time searching. Personally I'm still boycotting them. 

From “Surrender” to “Welcome to the Jungle,” to “Carry On Wayward Son,” nearly every song to appear in the Guitar Hero franchise has been gathered*.  A newly recorded version of "Anarchy in the U.K." which the Sex Pistols recently recorded for Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, is also available as a separate track. The series also includes Artist and Genre Essentials custom-created especially for guitar fans.  Titles include Shredders, Live Guitar Heroics, Killer Guitar Solos and Guitar Anthems of the ‘80s with tracks from Aerosmith, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Rage Against the Machine, Metallica, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Pearl Jam.  Additionally, iTunes will be offering guitar-themed playlists from guitar legends Steve Jones of The Sex Pistols and Slash of Guns ‘N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver so fans can download the legends’ favorite anthems.

Fans can access the Guitar Hero landing page by visiting

“Guitar Hero fans have been clamoring for increased accessibility to their favorite songs from the set lists,” said Dusty Welch, head of publishing for Activision/RedOctane.  “Where there’s music, there’s Guitar Hero, and with iTunes, we are able to provide fans with a central location for downloading their favorite rock anthems.

*Songs available for download on the iTunes Store feature original artist master recordings; some songs in the Guitar Hero games feature newly re-recorded master recordings.


Do you think this means that Rock Band will then team up with someone like Napster or that new upcoming Sony service we have been hearing rumblings about? They can't team up with iTunes also could they? There is already some enmity between the camps so will this only further to heighten it or am I just buying into the hype as well?




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