EMI Music has published official confirmation of the release of the first album in its newly-introduced high-quality, DRM-free format, The Good, The Bad and The Queen.

As noted during Monday's strategy announcement by EMI CEO Eric Nicoli and Apple CEO Steve Jobs, music from the band is already being sold in the new format online through the band's website.

Available material includes new single, Green Fields, as well as the full album. The DRM-free format gives fans of the band a way to play their music on a range of devices and systems, including most portable audio players.

The announcement of EMI Music’s new premium download offering on Monday, 2 April was preceded by a special performance by Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon, Tony Allen and Simon Tong. They played two songs from their album: “Herculean” and “Nature Springs.”

Eric Nicoli, CEO of EMI Group, said: “We're delighted that this amazing band’s songs can now be purchased directly from their website in a format that can be enjoyed on all music players.”

Apple's iTunes will be the first online music store to receive EMI's DRM-free premium downloads. iTunes will sell the albums and tracks as 256kbps AAC downloads, in audio quality virtually indistinguishable from the original recording.

Apple's iTunes is running a worldwide feature Live from Soho EP, five live tracks from The Good, The Bad & The Queen recorded in New York last month exclusively for iTunes.