Video games boost music industry

Tapping on fake instruments and screeching into microphones connected to video game consoles has become lucrative for both the music and gaming industries. Downloadable tunes for music-based games "Guitar Hero," "Rock Band" and "SingStar" have become as vital as iTunes itself -- and one of the last ways to expose youngsters to classic rock. The genre will evolve again later this month with the release of "Guitar Hero: Aerosmith," the first play-along game pegged to one music group, instead of featuring a multi-artist compilation.

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