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Music Gaming at E3 Expo: First Look at Beatles Rock Band, Last.fm's Xbox Partnership

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Those of us who remember the '80s (um, not me) might recall Sony introducing the first CD player in 1982. We've all come a long way since then, and nowhere was this more evident than at E3 Expo this week. West Coast Sound's "three is a trend" alarm went off when we realized that the plethora of interactive music related games was not an aberration, but evidence of a larger movement in the way music is experienced.

From Xbox's collaboration with Last.fm due to drop this summer, to Beatles Abbey Road Rockband, to the Eminem and Jay-Z branded DJ Hero, music-related social games are attracting major artists -- and, in the process, luring new users outside the "core-gaming" community.

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