Everyone loves listening to amazing songs while playing GTA but after 10 years some GTA 4 songs are being removed due to the license expiration of the music.
According to Rockstar Games, a lot of the GTA 4 songs will be removed, however, didn’t specify how many and which GTA 4 songs will be removed due to license expiration. According to Rockstar:
Due to music licensing restrictions, we are required to remove certain songs from the in-game soundtrack of Grand Theft Auto IV and its Episodes, in particular a large portion of the Russian pop station, Vladivostok FM. However we are replacing some of those songs with a new set of songs on that station. We will update our customer support website with new information as soon as it is available.
GTA IV’s music licenses to these songs are to expire later this month resulting in songs being removed from the game on April 26. So there will be a patch rolled out later this month on consoles to remove some of the licensed music, however, we are not sure about PC yet.
Interestingly according to reports, the PS3 users will get a system message that will inform them of this change and will be allowed to download a digital version of the songs that are being removed. It is not clear yet that if the Xbox and PC users will get the same feature of downloading the removed songs or not.
This is not the first time that music has been removed a long time after the release of GTA. A similar patch was released for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas which also removed some of the in-game music. This also happened after the 10 years of the original game release.
If this is how it works then we might also witness this happening to the GTA V in September of 2023. But for now, you can still be happy at least you will be getting a digital version of those songs or you can just enjoy the remaining days with classic songs until they are gone forever.