Rock Band 4 legacy DLC now available for download -- one track at a time

Those waiting for their chance to bring their old Rock Band tracks to next week's Rock Band 4 now have their chance. But take a seat, folks, because this is going to take a while.

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For most people that plan to pick up Rock Band 4 when it releases next week, there's likely a glut of DLC just sitting inside their old-gen consoles. So with the release date nearly at hand, the question becomes, how does that DLC go from the old and busted to the new hotness? Harmonix has opened the floodgates today and has offered detailed instructions on how to bring legacy DLC to Rock Band 4.

First off, brew a pot of coffee or crack open a beer, because this is going to take a while.

"First and foremost, you will have to re-download each DLC entitlement individually in order to play these tracks in Rock Band 4," associate community manager Christine Burki explains on the Harmonix blog. "Due to 1st party technical restrictions, we are unable to support batch downloads within the 1st party stores. If you want your DLC downloaded to your console, you will have to re-download tracks individually."

With that said, here's how everyone will want to go about recovering their DLC:

Xbox One

  • Sign in to your Xbox Live account associated with past Rock Band DLC.
  • Enter the Store and pull up the Rock Band 4 listing.
  • All legagy DLC tracks (that haven't had their licenses expire) are now available. Find them under Add-Ons.
  • Pull up any tracks you already own. There should be no charge for a re-download if it has been purchased previously, so simply hit "Install."
  • Repeat the process a couple of hundred times.

PlayStation 4

  • Sign in to your PlayStation ID account associated with past Rock Band DLC.
  • Navigate the PlayStation Store and pull up the Rock Band 4 listing.
  • All legagy DLC tracks (that haven't had their licenses expire) are now available. Find them under Add-Ons.
  • Filter the long list to either "Free" or "Low-to-High" to find any tracks that were already purchased. Hit "Download" on your selected track.
  • Repeat the process a couple of hundred times.

Let's just say it's a good thing that Rock Band 4 doesn't arrive until Tuesday, October 6, because this could be a long weekend for Rock Band users.

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    October 2, 2015 10:20 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Rock Band 4 legacy DLC now available for download -- one track at a time

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      October 2, 2015 10:23 AM

      No Add-On button under Rock band 4 in PSN currently, announcement may be premature.

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      October 2, 2015 11:10 AM

      So there's no way to go between consoles between generations?

      Eg I have a ton of tracks on my 360, I want them on my PS4?

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      October 2, 2015 10:29 PM

      Yup. This is taking a looooooooong while and there's no way to know which songs you've already hit and which ones you still need to grab. This is no bueno. :(

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      October 4, 2015 11:38 AM

      Did some looking on Xbox one store and found plenty of tracks I could install but it seems that tracks you could buy individually before are now only available in their 6 + song packs. Was looking though smart glass app, but doubting it will be any different on console. If so, that's dirty pool.

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        October 4, 2015 11:40 AM

        Oh, and to be clear entitlements to the 4 individual tracks you had previously do not entitle you to download the pack.

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        October 4, 2015 2:45 PM

        On the console, you can go into the packs and see the individual songs. In fact it showed me a cost to purchase a pack but I was able to download every song for free because I had purchased them previously. Be sure to look into packs that show cost.

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        October 4, 2015 2:50 PM

        Hahahaha. Some 2 song packs are $1.99 per track or $5.49 for the bundle.

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      October 4, 2015 10:59 PM

      Using the method listed for Xbox One you miss a ton of songs. Neither browse method will show you them all. I am using the wiki list and then searching for every band I know I bought. Then show all the 'game' results for that band. I'm finding tons that weren't in the browse lists this way.