The Guardian is preparing to launch a download service around this year's Glastonbury Festival after reaching a deal with EMI.

The digital music distribution industry is at an early stage and diverse business models and offerings will appear as entrepreneurs test the market to identify the ideal paradigm.

New Media Age reports that The Sun, Mirror, Times and Mail are also working on commercial and promotion-led download models, which could replace CD covermounts.

The Guardian service will offer exclusive tracks form past and present Glastonbury performances from artists on EMI's roster for 99 pence each.