It’s for sure a sign of the rise of digital music and casual gaming when it’s reported that one of the greatest bands of all time — Motley Crue — has sold more copies of its new single through the Rock Band downloadable store than it has through iTunes. In fact, Rock Band has almost five times more sales of the track than iTunes, an interesting feat.
Of course there’s a lot less competition in the Rock Band store than there is in iTunes. Rock Band members are hurting for new content, wanting the good stuff every week, whereas iTunes literally gets new stuff every day. Still, it proves that as a money-making idea, in-game distribution might actually be more profitable than traditional digital sales. Now if only I could get it from my Xbox to my iPod I’d be happy.