A selection of Metallica tracks have been pulled from the Rock Band music store.
Metallica Pack 01 – featuring songs “Ride The Lightning”, “And Justice For All”, and “Blackened” – will no longer be available to purchase due to a licensing issue.
On the Rock Band Facebook page, a statement read;
“When licensing songs for release for any platform, including DLC, agreements include term limits on how long the content may be sold on a given platform. This isn’t specific to Rock Band – it’s something that exists in pretty much all licensing agreements. Now, over 5 years since the release of the first batch of Rock Band DLC, we’re reaching the end of some of the earliest licenses we secured. Our Music Team has been hard at work extending these licenses to make sure that this has as small an impact on the community as possible, but there may be a very limited number of songs that will no longer be offered for new purchases in the Rock Band store.
As of right now, the only content affected is Metallica Pack 01, the tracks “Ride The Lightning”, “And Justice For All”, and “Blackened”, all of which were released on November 20th, 2007. This content has already been pulled from the RB Store and will be pulled from 1st party marketplaces in the immediate future. After that, they will no longer be available for purchase.”
Harmonic also added that if you already own these tracks, you will not be affected by the removal of the songs.