Rock Band iOS Apps to be Removed from App Store on July 31st (UPDATE)

Not too long ago, people who were playing the Rock Band app on the iPhone received a message saying that it was going to be disabled on their device. Now it seems that people are getting a similar notification on Rock Band Reloaded, saying that on July 31st, the app, along with the other Rock Band app, will be removed from the App Store and that after that date it will be impossible to buy new songs for it.

If you haven’t picked up the Rock Band apps, or was holding out on a DLC pack for it, now would be the time to get them, before they leave the store.

UPDATE: EA released a Q&A explaining the situation and it is explained that the apps will no longer work due to an expiration of the licensing contract between Harmonix and EA.

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22 Responses to “Rock Band iOS Apps to be Removed from App Store on July 31st (UPDATE)”

  • Steve says:

    So when I upgrade to the iPhone 5 later this year, I wont be able to redownload the app? That sucks. :(

    OsagaTheGreat Reply:

    I’m pretty sure that you can still get it if you purchased it. It’d be under the Purchased section in the App Store.

    Crazed Geek Reply:

    There’s no guarantee it’ll keep working on future versions of iOS, though. (Traditionally, Apple’s been really bad with backwards compatibility.)

    Matt Reply:

    No, it wouldn’t still be re-downloadable over the App Store. However if you backup your purchases to iTunes, keeping a local copy on your computer, you can re-install on any future iPhone’s that way

    Croq Reply:

    As others have mentioned, it likely won’t even show up in the app store, whether you have purchased it or not. It has happened this way with other apps like iMAME that got delisted. That still shows up on my iPad.

    Apple does have the ability to reach out and actively remove an app from your device, but I don’t think they have ever actually done that…

  • HM says:

    So now the question is: Will they replace it with an updated Blitz-type game on more platforms?

    LoopyChew Reply:

    Considering it was EA who published the Rock Band apps of old, I have my doubts. (Incidentally, that’s probably why they’re stopping with the sale of it as well.)

    Croq Reply:

    This doesn’t preclude the possibility of Harmonix creating and releasing their own iPhone/iPod/Android app. Since EA is out of the game, then perhaps HMX could release their own app.

  • DSil says:

    Hi just wanted to let you know (in case you didn’t) that some songs seem to be cheaper! At least in the European PS3 Store! I’m not making an exhaustive research but I’ve already found Stereo Hearts (Gym Class Heroes), Rock ‘n’ Roll Dream (Crooked X), U Suck (Just Kait), Use Me (Hinder), Yomp (thenewno2) and I Don’t Care (Fall Out Boy) at 0,79€ each, instead of 1,49€. Also, both All That Remains and Big Dippers packs are listed as 2,29€ (and each song at 0,79€ as well). Some songs here I wasn’t sure if they were cheaper before but, according to DLCQuickplay, they weren’t…
    I’m not sure where to post it but I thought it should be known and I’m sorry if it is too old and I didn’t noticed it early.

    Croq Reply:

    The store in Rock Band Reloaded still shows 2-packs of songs for 99 cents each. Plus a bunch of free ones. I currently only have the free packs, and am debating whether to go ahead and grab the remaining non-free packs…

    DSil Reply:

    Oh I’m not talking about the Rock Band Reloaded store… I’m talking about the Rock Band PS3 European Store

  • Kevin says:

    FAKE!!!! Once again! I bet it is.

    Mcmax3000 Reply:

    Nah, it makes sense this time.

    They no longer have the license with Harmonix to sell the game, so they’re removing it from the app store.

    At least this time they’re not saying that the game will be completely disabled for those that have purchased it.

    Croq Reply:

    Not fake this time. As referenced in the update in the main post, there is a O&A explaining everything.