In a truly nickel and dime move, Harmonix, MTV Games, and EA have released the Rock Band track exporting tool to consumers for the “nominal fee of $4.99 (400 Microsoft Points).” The title update allows Rock Band gamers to export the original 55 tracks from the game disk for play with the upcoming Rock Band 2.
This tool should have been free, but they figure they’ve got us over a barrel, so they might as well take advantage. Press release to follow:
September 4, 2008 – In an industry first, Harmonix Music Systems, the leading developer of music-based games, and MTV Games announced today the release of a title update for Rock Band on the Xbox™ 360™ videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft that will make it possible for owners of the original Rock Band to export 55 tracks from the original Rock Band disc for play in the soon-to-be released Rock Band 2.
Beginning today, September 4th, the title update will add an “export disc” tab under the extras option in the Rock Band menus, allowing owners of the original Rock Band to expand their Rock Band 2 library to include 55 tracks from the original Rock Band track list for the nominal fee of $4.99 (400 Microsoft Points). In addition, this patch is required for all future downloadable content releases for Rock Band. Previously purchased DLC will not be affected.
The selection of 55 exportable Rock Band tracks joins the weekly downloadable content list of over 200 songs to date and Rock Band 2’s forthcoming setlist of over 100 songs  adding to the ever expanding Rock Band Music Library. By the end of 2008, Harmonix has promised an unprecedented 500 songs will be available for the Rock Band platform. For a complete list of Rock Band songs available for purchase and download to date, please go to http://www.rockband.com/dlc.
For more information on Rock Band and Harmonix Music Systems please visit www.rockband.com and www.harmonixmusic.com.
Developed by Harmonix, MTV Games is the publisher of Rock Band. EA is the exclusive distribution and marketing partner for Rock Band.