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We've come to expect moves like this over the years. When a game comes out with a beefy soundtrack of dozens upon dozens of licensed songs, it's usually not feasible to license the whole list indefinitely. It turns out GTAIV had a 10-year agreement on a large number of songs heard on the various radio stations, and the deadline for their removal is officially upon us.
The folks over at Gameinformer were able to get their hands on the list, which you can find below. From David Bowie to Fat Joe, AC/DC, The Smashing Pumpkins and beyond, a large number of tunes got the ax. A collection of 10 new songs have been added in as compensation, but obviously the scale is a bit on-sided here.
If you don't want to lose all of your songs on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC version of the game, make sure you don't update it with the latest patch. And for those of you who are now worried about what's going to happen with GTAV, that game is only five years into what we assume is a similar 10-year licensing contract with songs. You should be fine.
Terry Riley - "A Rainbow in Curved Air"
Gil Scott-Heron - "Home Is Where the Hatred Is"
IF99 - International Funk
San Juan Sounds
Angel y Khriz - "Ven Báilalo"
Michael Shrieve - "Communique: 'Approach Spiral'"
K109 The Studio
Tamiko Jones - "Can't Live Without Your Love"
"Still In Love" by Rose Royce (The Ballad of Gay Tony)
Marley Marl (feat. Craig G) - Droppin' Science
Brand Nubian - All for One
Glukoza - Schweine
Seryoga - "King Ring"
Ranetki Girls - O Tebe / About You
Ruslana - "Wild Dances" Ukranian FM Version
Kino - Gruppa Krovi / Blood Type
Marakesh - Zhdat / To Wait
Zveri - Kvartira / The Flat
Oleg Kvasha - Club Remix
Splean - Liniya Zhizni / Lifeline
Basta - Mama / Mother
Leningrad - Nikogo ne Zhalko / A Pity for No One
Dolphin - "???"
"Salvation" by Sucker DJs (The Ballad of Gay Tony)
"Music" by Jonathan Peters feat. Maya Azucena (The Ballad of Gay Tony)
"When Love Takes Over" by David Guetta feat. Kelly Rowland (The Ballad of Gay Tony)
The Vibe 98.8
Mtume - "C.O.D. (I'll Deliver)"
Ralph Myerz - "The Teacher"
Liberty Rock Radio
The Smashing Pumpkins - "1979"
Stevie Nicks - "Edge of Seventeen"
Electric Light Orchestra - "Evil Woman"
David Bowie - "Fascination"
"Touch Too Much" by AC/DC (The Lost and Damned)
"Five To One" by The Doors (The Lost and Damned)
"Jane" by Jefferson Starship (The Lost and Damned)
"Run To The Hills" by Iron Maiden (The Lost and Damned)
The Beat 102.7
Fat Joe (feat. Lil Wayne) - Crackhouse
Papoose - Stylin'
*L.C.H.C. *- "Call from the Grave" by Bathory (The Lost And Damned)
Vice City FM
"C'est la Vie" by Robbie Nevil
"History" by Mai Tai
"Teardrops" by Womack & Womack
"Wood Beez (Pray like Aretha Franklin)" by Scritti Politti
"You're the Voice" by John Farnham