Traveler-San, you could also say Matt Draimon is also "stupified."
Getting back on topic, truly humiliating for Harmonix. However, at the same point in time, this is not just Harmonix that is doing this. The entire industry is at fault to some degree. I fear that, with games like Rock Band and its success, companies like Activision will go even more overboard with its already unecessary micro-transaction processes.
I really don't get why this is "humiliating" for Harmonix. They've been providing DLC content since the release of the original Rock Band and through the year the library of available DLC songs has grown to over 1,700 songs. So now, for the release of their new game they're just saying "You know the huge library of songs we used to have for the previous gen? Well, it's going to be available to you still!".
Where does the outrage comes from? Too much choice?
Well Truck-Senpai, to answer your first question, the outrage (for me disappointment) comes from the total cost. Nearly $4000 worth of songs is nice, but is expensive. Why not have a seires of albums from those musical artists to decrease the the cost as opposed to having each song run $1.99. I understand the logic; you want to make the price good enough for purchase, but you do not want to displease the muscial artists who made them. I am sure if many of those songs are on the same album, making the cost to at least $7.99 should not hurt the finances of which the musical artists are receiving from the content.
For your second question Truck-Senpai, no. For me, choice is always a great option to have in a video game. The more options towards the gamer, the higher the replayability and continued interest. Much of my issues are more concentrated with the fact that albums should also be considered with individual songs to play.
However Truck-Senpai, you are right. My terminology "humiliating" was unjustified in context to what Harmonix and its history with the series is. I was wrong to use such vocabulary. However, would you not agree upon implementing a seperate catalog for the gamer to purchase not only songs but albums?