RockBand coming to the iPhone courtesy of EA Mobile

Fri, Oct 9, 2009


EA Mobile will soon be releasing an iPhone version of RockBand, the hit music simulation video game popular on both the Xbox and Sony Playstation consoles.  Much like the console version, the mobile version will allow users to play either the drums, the guitar, the bass, or sing vocals.  Interestingly, though, the singing portion of the game will also be played via tapping the touchscreen and not via an external microphone – which if you think about it is probably a smart move for everyone’s sanity.

The iPhone version of Rock Band will come with 15 playable tracks, and another 5 “unlockable” tracks if you’ve got the musical chops to impress.  Naturally, downloadable premium content will be available (if not heavily advertised), along with multi-player functionality enabled via BlueTooth – making good on two of the many new features Apple made available with the iPhone OS 3.0 update earlier this Summer.

According to EA, the full track listing for Rock Band on the iPhone is as follows:

“Attack” – 30 Seconds To Mars
“Girls Not Grey” – AFI
“Move Along” – All American Rejects
“Sabotage” – Beastie Boys
“All The Small Things” – Blink-182
“Hanging on the Telephone” – Blondie
“Learn To Fly” – Foo Fighters
“Everlong” – Foo Fighters
“Bad to The Bone” – George Thorogood & the Destroyers
“Hymn 43″ – Jethro Tull
“Bad Reputation” – Joan Jett
“Simple Man” – Lynard Skynard
“Ace of Spades ‘08″ – Motorhead
“Debaser” – Pixies
“Ladybug” – Presidents of The United States of America
“Give It All” – Rise Against
“Lazy Eye” – Silversun Pick Ups
“Cherub Rock” – Smashing Pumpkins
“Take The Money and Run” – Steve Miller Band
“We Got The Beat” – The Go Go’s

Not too shabby.  A little heavy on the pop punk with just a dash of classic and modern rock and a sprinking of the Go Go’s.

It’ll be interesting to see how Rock Band is priced and how it stacks up against and competes with Tapulous’s very similar series of Tap Tap Revenge apps, which have done exceedingly well with themed versions of the app which exclusively showcase songs from popular bands such as Weezer and Coldplay.

RockBand is scheduled to come out for the iPhone and iPod Touch sometime in October, so we won’t have to wait too long to figure out which music simulation app is the top dawg.

Check out some screenshots (compiled by mobilecrunch) of the app in action below (click for a lager image).


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