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Does that mean I need Rock Band to play the track packs? Or can I just purchase a track pack without having owned Rock Band 1 (or 2 or 3)?

I mean since I'm on a Wii, will it need to sense a Rock Band save (since you can't put in two discs at the same time) for it to know that I own the original?

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No, the track packs are standalone games, and you can play them without owning any of the other Rock Band games.

Rock Band Track Pack Volume 1 is a standalone gameplay companion to Rock Band, the collaborative, competitive, and single player music game.

(On the linked page, you can see a similar blurb on each of the packs)

Do note that on the Wii, you won't be able to export tracks from a track pack into any of the other Rock Band games. (The Green Day version is the exception. You can export that to RB3 on Wii) This means that if you later buy Rock Band, Rock Band 2, or Rock Band 3 for Wii, you'll have to put the Track Pack disc back in the console to play the songs that came with it.

You can view the full export table on the Rock Band website.

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It seems like you can just purchase the track packs without the game.

At Electronic Arts' Spring Break event yesterday, an EA representative confirmed that Track Pack Volume 1 will be a standalone disc that does not require the original game DVD.

Rock Band Track Pack Details, IGN

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