Abbey Road, the first full album to be released as downloadable content for The Beatles: Rock Band, is released today on Xbox Live and at the Wii Shop. It will appear on PS3 with Thursday's PSN update.
MTV and Harmonix have announced the pricing and pack details for the various downloads available. Now pay attention, because this is rather complicated.
Six songs from Abbey Road are already included on the game disc. Xbox 360 and PS3 owners can choose to flesh these out with three individual singles, or a Complete The Album Pack.
The singles are Maxwell's Silver Hammer, Oh! Darling and Because. They cost 160 Microsoft Points, $1.99, €1.40 or £0.99 each.
The Complete The Album Pack includes those three songs and the entire 16-minute medley from Abbey Road's B-side. It costs £10.46, $16.99, €11.37 or 1360 Microsoft Points. You can play the medley in one shot, or as sets of one to three songs according to how they were recorded and composed.
On Wii, there's no album pack, so the album is delivered only as individual tracks or, for segments of the medley, multi-track sets.
Maxwell's Silver Hammer, Oh! Darling, Because and You Never Give Me Your Money cost 200 Wii Points ($2 / €2 / about £1.50) each. Her Majesty costs 100 Wii Points. The rest of the medley comes in pairs that cost 350 Wii Points ($3.50 / €3.50 / about £2.50): Sun King and Mean Mr. Mustard, Polythene Pam and She Came in Through the Bathroom Window, Golden Slumbers and Carry That Weight (the latter seguing into The End, which you already have, so it comes free).
Next up for the full album treatment are Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band next month, and Rubber Soul in December. Hopefully they'll be simpler.