Thought this was worth a topic.
Thanks to lashman for pointing this out promptly.
TO BREAK IT DOWN:
-There is a $60 game known as Guitar Hero Live. The game has 42 songs on it, which is a margin of what other entries in the series previously provided. The selection can be found elsewhere.
-On top of this, previous Guitar Hero controllers will not work with a game, and a new controller costs $40, making the game a $100 entry level fee.
-There is a service known as Guitar Hero TV, on this a radio station-type channel deal plays songs which purchasers of the game can hop in to play whatever song is being streamed. Players can not own any song from the service, and can't select any song from the service, just what is being played via the streaming radio thing.
-There is a Karaoke-like system to 'rent' songs for a play, using Play Tokens. You can earn Play Tokens from the game by getting a level-up, scoring in the top 3 on GHTV for the day, or by play some of the base songs from the main game (the amount raises the more songs you've played, with 5 songs to earn a token as the minimum, 10 as the maximum). You can buy Play Tokens for $2.50 for 10 tokens.
-You can rent a song for 24-hours for $6.
The effort seems to be trying to mix a game and a service. It has all the markings of a game, with the price tag, controller, $100 entry fee, but then it also provides a service behind it, and the service acts like a radio/karaoke deal with microtransactions, and no way to own any of the songs outside of what's on the disk. To casually play songs via radio is fine, to play a song you want or to access it will either mean grinding songs to get another go at it or to buy tokens to buy a play or 24-hour session of what's currently on the play list.
^The above was all very unclear to me at least and many others in the topic apparently at first, until some fans and some PR people provided the full details in this topic. To how it tries to explain all of this in game is also currently unclear.
I still feel negatively on it, but others may feel differently. What do you all think?