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04 Sep 2009
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8 Rock Band packs are more expensive than buying the songs on their own *****!!!!

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Going Country Pack 1 : 5 songs * £0.99 = £4.95 : Pack price £5.25 : £0.30 more expensive!

Roadrunners Records : 5 songs * £0.59 + 1 song * £0.99 = £3.94 : Pack price £4.99 : £1.05 more expensive!

Rock Band Live : 4 songs *£0.59 = £2.36 : Pack price £3.49 : £1.13 more expensive!

Spinal Tap Pack 1 : 4 songs * £0.99 =  £3.96 :Pack price £4.99 : £1.03 more expensive!

Toby Keith Pack 1 : 6 songs * £0.99 =  £5.94 : Pack price £6.29 : £0.35 more expensive!

Warped Tour Pack 1 : 5 songs * £0.99 = £4.95 : Pack price £5.25 : £0.30 more expensive!

Judas Preist Album : 9 songs * £0.99 =  £8.91 : Pack price £8.99 : £0.08 more expensive!

Talking Heads : 5 songs * £0.99 =  £4.95 : Pack price £5.25 : £0.30 more expensive!

 

If I was to purchase all 8, I would be £4.54 worse off, and the packs are meant to be cheaper. Although I would not buy them all but that is not really the point.

 

I could understand a pack being priced wrong, but 8 different packs :No-no: So what is going on ???  I guess it is just a case of "We shall see if we can get away with it?" or is it the person who decides the prices cannot do sums my 6 yr old son can?? :xRolleyes:

 

Atleast fix these prices and make me think SCEE actually listen.

 

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On Fri, 2009-08-21 at 09:58 -0700, geoffrey.levand at am.sony.com wrote: "Please be assured that SCE is committed to continue the support for previously sold models that have the “Install Other OS” feature and that this feature will not be disabled in future firmware releases."
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12 days since posted, store update tomorrow, talking heads pack removed last week, wonder if we will get to see it again ?
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Maybe its convinience charge :smileyvery-happy:

 

Instead of trawling through picking the songs and dl'ing them each individually you can get the pack and have them there ready and all downloaded at once. 

 

 

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No wonder people laugh at SCEE. 21 days and they still cannot figure out there is something wrong?
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For the record, lets recap a few weeks;

 

3rd September Mike Kebby off - Talking Heads pack released.

 

 

10th September Mike Kebby

"Thanks Apnomis, good to be back amongst the madness again ;)

I’m not being evasive here, but I’m not able to address pricing concerns I’m afraid, this is a much bigger issue than I – but that Talking Heads example was most likely a mistake, as the Rock Band packs are designed to save the consumer money rather than cost more than the individual tracks."

 

http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2009/09/10/%e2%80%98heads-up%e2%80%99-playstation-store-update-10th-s...

 

Apnomis posted: "@ Mike, thanks for replying to me. I appreciate exchange rates is a sticky matter and I wasn’t expecting you to give me a definitive answer or justify the inconsistencies between US and Europe/UK pricing. I just wanted to highlight to you the basic principle that a bundle should cost less than it’s individual components and to do this the exrate used for the individual items and the bundle must be consistent. Here is a copy of a comment by Blasteroids (from the 3.0 FAQ post) that shows it’s not just an isolated incident:

Going Country Pack 1: 5 songs*£0.99 = £4.95, Pack price £5.20 – £0.30 more expensive!
Roadrunners Records: 5 songs*£0.59 + 1 song*£0.99 = £3.94, Pack price £4.99 – £1.05 more expensive!
Rock Band Live: 4 songs*£0.59 = £2.36, Pack price £3.49 – £1.13 more!
Spinal Tap Pack 1: 4 songs*£0.99 = £3.96, Pack price £4.99 – £1.03 more!
Toby Keith Pack 1: 6 songs*£0.99 = £5.94, Pack price £6.29 – £0.35 more!
Warped Tour Pack 1: 5 songs*£0.99 = £4.95, Pack price £5.25 – £0.30 more!
Judas Preist Album: 9 songs*£0.99 = £8.91, Pack price £8.99 – £0.08 more!
Talking Heads: 5 songs*£0.99 = £4.95, Pack price £5.25 – £0.30 more!"

 

Mike Kebby replied.. "Thanks for the feedback Apnomis, appreciated ;)

 

 

http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2009/09/10/%e2%80%98heads-up%e2%80%99-playstation-store-update-10th-s...

 

 

17th September

(I was AWOL, so posted on 18th never had an answer - Perhaps too late)

 

 
24th September

(I was away, so no post by me on blog)

 

 

1st October Mike Kebby...

"I’ve sent all the details to Harmonix and they are working on it as I type :)"

 http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2009/10/01/heads-up%e2%80%99-playstation-store-update-1st-october-200...

 

 

8th October Mike Kebby...

"I reported the issue to Harmonix myself, so here’s to a quick fix once we get the confirmed information back from them."

 http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2009/10/08/%e2%80%98heads-up%e2%80%99-playstation-store-update-8th-oc...

 

 

So, if we ignore the first week then it is now almost 5 weeks to get a few prices fixed on the EU PSN Store.  I do not blame Mike, since he seems to be a pawn in all this, but when I think of SCEE the words "quick" and "fix" never crop up at the same time.

 

Please note that the in-game advertising and PSN Store state “Tracks are sometimes available in packs which are cheaper", which is highly questionable.

 

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15th October Mike Kebby

"I’m not ignoring youall , I’m busy – sorry I can’t stay and play this week.

Store should be updated soon.

Have a good weekend all."

 

http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2009/10/15/%e2%80%98heads-up%e2%80%99-playstation-store-update-15th-o...

 

Click here to see a graphical representation of this weeks emu response!

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22nd October Mike Kebby

"As always – if I have nothing to say I won’t respond to very comment. I have reported the issue and am waiting for new prices to be submitted."

 

http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2009/10/22/%e2%80%98heads-up%e2%80%99-playstation-store-update-22nd-o...

 

Oh yeah, and if by magic the Abbey Road DLC does not show on the date given by the devs.

 

22nd October Archonik

"Hi Mike, is the lack of The Beatles: Rock Band Abbey Road content a typo or is this pack seriously not being released today?

The Press Release from Harmonix does not only state a release date of Today (22 Oct) but specifies the UK price as well.

http://www.rockband.com/forums/showthread.php?t=169459

“Av ailable for Xbox 360 (Oct. 20) and PlayStation 3 System (Oct. 22)”
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“Price: $16.99 USD, £10.46 UK, €11.37 EU”

I don’t need a long elaboration for why is it/is it not released. A simple “Yes it’s coming/No, it’s not” is good enough for me, even if you can’t state/don’t know the reason.

Please, double check that for us, if possible.
Cheers."

 

 

http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2009/10/22/%e2%80%98heads-up%e2%80%99-playstation-store-update-22nd-o...

 

22nd October Mike Kebby (In reply to above)

"It’s on the schedule for next week, we’ve never had it down as anything else."

 

 

Yeah, because it was a super secret release date that nobody would have ever guessed at. :Shame:

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Oh look, another ripoff track pack posted on the Store.

 

Wolfmother Pack 01 (this pack contains the above five Wolfmother tracks) (£5.25/€6.59)

 

 29th October Mike Kebby

"Another five track pack to put on the list of offenders – I should have spotted this myself too. We’re working on rectifying these issues with the help of the publisher."

http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2009/10/29/%e2%80%98heads-up%e2%80%99-playstation-store-update-29th-o...

 

Yay for consistency!

 

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How do the people that come up with this stuff manage to fill in the application form for their job?? :Stupid:

 

I'm not even joking. :|

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I personally find it amazing how inept the communication between 3 companies can be. Not only do we still have this issue of FALSE ADVERTISING in-game and on the PSN-Store but now we also get no online functions in The Beatles : Rock Band.

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On Fri, 2009-08-21 at 09:58 -0700, geoffrey.levand at am.sony.com wrote: "Please be assured that SCE is committed to continue the support for previously sold models that have the “Install Other OS” feature and that this feature will not be disabled in future firmware releases."
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I have just looked at the announcement from last week on thr Rockband forums and another 5 track pack is priced at £5.25 (the AFI one) what are Harmonix doing? The US price of $8.49 for the pack is less than the $9.95 cost for buying each individual track so can't someone there do simple arithmetic? This doesn't seem to affect 3 track packs as they're usually £2.49 or bigger track packs like Queen which are cheaper than buying each individual track separately.

 

Just to rub it in there is no Rockband DLC is on our store ATM apart from the Beatles Sgt Pepper album/tracks this week ( luckily the correct week this time around unlike last months Abbey Road DLC ), so yet again SCEE " forgets " to get Rockband DLC onto our store while everything is present and correct on the US one. What a great job UK/EU PSN store are doing .... not!!

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Well, it used to not affect 3 song packs. Now look at the latest HMX release and they are attempting to charge £3.99 for a 3 song pack which is £2.97 for individual songs! This is taking the mick now.

Source : http://www.rockband.com/forums/showthread.php?t=174106

 

I am hoping that SCEE have denied the new track packs from entering the store, but they should also be removing the already incorrect packs and informing HMX/EA that this is not acceptable! I feel sorry for anyone who has actually thought these packs were cheaper (as advertised on PSN Store and in-game!!) and I hope they somehow get the difference back.

 

I have reported this issue on the PS Blog (http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2009/11/26/%e2%80%98heads-up%e2%80%99-playstation-store-update-26th-n...) and on the HMX Tech Support forums (http://www.rockband.com/forums/showthread.php?t=174106) but I am personally getting tired of having to check track packs before making a real informed choice!

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I think they got the prices mixed up for € and £. If you look at the € price its the price 3 packs are usually in £.
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