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#1 Charger

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 11:56 PM

How cool is this? Buying songs directly from your game.

Directly from Yahoo:

In a partnership bound to shake, rattle and roll both the music biz and interactive entertainment, Rockstar Games and Amazon have teamed up to create an ambitious new model for digital music distribution. Built exclusively for the upcoming video game blockbuster Grand Theft Auto IV, it allows players to buy real-world MP3s of tracks heard over the game's numerous radio stations in a very seamless manner. (Initially, this service will only be available in the U.S.)

Advertised throughout Liberty City, the cheekily-named "ZiT" technology is built into the game's mobile phone interface system. As players cruise around the world listening to the in-game radio, they can at any point 'mark' a song by opening their phone and dialing the number ZIT-555-0100. Gamers will then receive a text message with the song and artist names, and if they're registered at the forthcoming Rockstar Games Social Club community site, they'll find an e-mail waiting in their inbox with a direct link to a custom playlist on Amazon.com. All songs tagged "ZiT" will be stored here, available for preview and purchase at Amazon's going rate of $.89-$.99 per track. Best of all, those MP3s are free of the Digital Rights Management (DRM) limitations imposed on files downloaded through Apple's iTunes store and thus can be imported into any computer or digital device with no constraints.

Yahoo: Rockstar Games and Amazon Team up!

#2 Do_Not_Fear_cause_I'm_here

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 11:59 PM

Who would ever buy a song? I would rather get free songs instead OF buying songs.
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Posted 27 March 2008 - 11:59 PM

only in america?

pretty lame.
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Posted 28 March 2008 - 12:01 AM

Ya. You said it.
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Posted 28 March 2008 - 12:01 AM

Who would ever buy a song? I would rather get free songs instead OF buying songs.

Well lets say, you don't know what the song is called?

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 12:04 AM

Well, check the TITLE! Thats the only choice to find out what the song's called.
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Posted 28 March 2008 - 12:05 AM

Well, check the TITLE! Thats the only choice to find out what the song's called.

How are you going to check the tittle, the radio doesn't tell you? Unless you have boughten the Soundtrack, which your not going to.

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 12:34 AM

Thanks Charger, the article is very interesting and I've posted as news. My news post quotes the article's main points and if you read it you'll realise these are rare songs you're probably not going to find on BitTorrent or anything - and you know they never release the entire soundtrack, there's always been songs left off, so even if you buy that, good luck finding anything you want.

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 08:16 AM

I pre-ordered the special edition of the game, that I'm sure you know comes with the soundtrack of the game. Does this mean it comes with all of the songs that are in the game or just ones hand picked, like the previous GTA soundtracks?
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