Microsoft has announced that it’s currently delivering 3.8 million music downloads a month for console games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero, via its Xbox Live store. The company also reckons that so far, it’s delivered 45 million music files for these games, and estimates that this is more than 80% of all downloadable songs for music games.Microsoft has also revealed that more than two million copies of Rock Band have been sold for Xbox 360 in the US – “almost 1 million more than the competition combined” – while Rock Band 2 has sold 363,000 Xbox 360 copies since its launch on 14 September.All this is an effort by Microsoft to pitch the 360 console as “the preferred stage” for music games. Okay, so it’s not anywhere near the level of iTunes, but we’d hazard a guess that a decent chunk of those 3.8 million monthly downloads are going to people who don’t normally pay for digital music.

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