UK digital music service 7 Digital has launched a new DIY digital music service for unsigned acts, indiestore.

The service enables unsigned artists and indie labels to sell music from their own download store.

Crucially, sales made through the store actually count towards chart position in the UK, US and 20 other countries.

Better still, up to 80 per cent of download revenues go directly to the artist, the company claimed. Artists can also choose what format they wish to sell their music in, and whether they wish to sell their music in dollars, Euros or pounds.

7 Digital says artists will be able to create their own store, upload their tracks and be ready to make their first sale in less than 15 minutes. The free version of the otherwise fee-based service lets artists sell up to four tracks, while the pro version lets artists sell up to 20 tracks.

Stores feature an artist blog, photo gallery, events calendar, mailing lists and forum.

Managing director of 7 Digital, Ben Drury said: "The digital download market in the UK has grown at an unprecedented place, with over a million tracks downloaded per week.  indiestore is a great way for unsigned artists to get in on the action - today's technology is democratising the music industry and you no longer need a record deal to get your song widely distributed.

"Bands are already embracing sites such as MySpace to market themselves, and now indiestore provides the added bonus of actually being able to make money online.  We are looking forward to the first number one being sold through an indiestore."