Apple has settled a patent dispute with E-Data Corporation.

E-Data took issue with the iTunes Music Store, which allows customers to download individual music tracks for a fee.

According to E-Data a worldwide agreement for past and future royalties has been reached with Apple for a license under E-Data's European patent that covers a "specific system and method of distributing digital content over electronic and wireless networks."

Known as the Freeny patent, it covers the downloading and recording of information, such as music, from a computer onto a "tangible" object, such as CDs, DVDs and MP3 players like the iPod.

E-Data chairman Bert Brodsky said: "This license agreement, combined with recent settlements with Microsoft, Tiscali, HMV, On Demand Distribution, and Satellite Newspapers, further reinforces the validity of our patents.

"Given our continued success, we have identified additional companies that are infringing upon our intellectual property, both in the US and abroad, and will seek the necessary legal actions to ensure that our rights are enforced worldwide."

Financial terms of the settlement were not disclosed.