Musician and Elbow front man Guy Garvey has joined Radiohead's Thom Yorke in demanding iTunes allow artists to choose to sell their albums in their entirety.

Many musicians feel that Apple's insistence that albums sold through iTunes should be made available as individual tracks ignores the status of their releases as whole bodies of work.

Radiohead has so far refused to sell albums through iTunes on account of this desire, because the band believes its albums should be heard in their entirety, rather than in parts.

That band only relaxed its insistence on this with the release of In Rainbows, which has been made available through iTunes and is the only album by the act sold there so far. Radiohead albums are available (in their entirety) through competing music service, 7 Digital.

Elbow's Garvey said Apple should work harder to protect the album format, saying: "It needs protecting. They should give the artists the freedom to lock their records if they want."

Music from Elbow is available through iTunes, which is currently offering that bands latest single, Grounds For Divorce>/i> from the band's new album, The Seldom Seen Kid, which ships this week in the UK.