The US music industry is strengthening its embrace of music download services, with a unique Grammy Award/iTunes tie-up.

The organisers of the Grammy Awards have reached a deal with Apple to allow voting members listen to nominated songs for free through the US iTunes Music Store.

It’s a test. The scheme will run in just one category this year, which hasn’t yet been announced, an Associated Press report claims.

Until now music industry executives who are members of the Grammy Awards voting panel had to visit a chapter office to listen to the nominated songs.