on 21-03-2012 04:02 AM
I'm a huge Singstar fan.
ALL of my friends are huge singstar fans.
We play singstar SOOO much.
I bought a PS3 recently, for 2 reasons:
1st - mediacenter features/BD playback
2nd - Singstar
Now I've purchased a LOT of songs from the singstore, and own both the ABBA and QUEEN discs.
Could anyone please explain to me why on earth:
- some songs are available on discs but not on the store?
Please don't give me the "need to promote disc sales" story, it makes no sense. Me wanting two or three songs from a disc isn't enough for me to buy it. I'm not going to pay the huge price discs go for just to have access to one of its songs.
- there are HUGE flaws in the store catalogue?
Just to name a few artists who are COMPLETELLY neglected: Phill Collins, Prince, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Barry White, Bee Gees (PS2 had them in a disc), Frank Sinatra, Genesis...
- some artists have only a couple of songs available, usually none of their real singles!
For example: Sting, Cher (Believe is not available?), George Michael (only Careless Whisper is available, but the sound quality is so unbearably low that if I could return items to the Singstore, I would have), Scissor Sisters, U2, 30 seconds to mars (no Closer to the edge???), The Police (no message in a bottle??), Lighthouse Family (only Lifted is available??)...
I could go on for hours on the last two topics.
Seriously, I need to know why this is. The whole concept behind Singstar is amazing, but these flaws make the purchase of Singstar akin to buying a sportscar in which the engine is, after all, a dead gerbil.
Clearly my tastes are a bit "retro", but it doesn't take a lot to figure out that even more modern fans are probably disappointed. Big names like Justin Bieber and Nicky Minaj are also absent (personally I'm glad, but it serves to prove a point).
on 23-03-2012 06:31 AM
I COMPLETELY agree! I bought my PS3 predominantly for Singstar also and it gets a lot of use. I raised this same question recently on their Facebook page and was told that different licencing is required to having it available to download from the store. So, just because its on a disk doesnt necessarily mean it will ever surface in the store.
Also, i was told that the acquire i licence they have to have the permission of ALL parties involved: the label, songwriter, artist, producer, video director.
This is just what i was told so it may not be the case but makes sense i suppose.
I agree that the store is missing so many key performers like all the ones you've listed (it would be great to have more Cher - especially "Believe" and of course Michael Jackson, Madonna & Prince). Let's hope things get easier for them in obtaining the relevant rights.