“Dear Rockers, On May 31, Rock Band will no longer be playable on your device. Thanks for rocking out with us.”
Prior to that message there was no indication that the app which sells for $4.99 on the app store and comes with 30 songs included would expire. I have checked the app store and as of this writing the app is even still available for purchase with no indication that it will be going away in less than a month.
When Kotaku asked Harmonix if they knew anything about it, Harmonix’s response was that EA Mobile is responsible for that app and they’re reaching out to them to find out what’s going on. So, it appears iOS Rock Band players are not the only ones unaware of this change.
Several people have expressed concerns about the legality of all of this as well as why Apple would allow this to happen on their store. The concern is warranted as EA being able to do this sets a precedence for other companies to be able to as well.
Chances are Apple may be just as unaware of the situation but there is a way for customers to reach out and let them know about this and find out what — if anything — Apple will be doing about it.
Email Tim Cook, CEO of Apple at firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know what’s happening.
Fans who want an answer directly from EA Mobile may have to wait as their support site has been “disabled for the time being”.