Electronic Arts is working with the Nettwerk Music Group to launch EA Recordings.

The new digital music distribution label will bring EA's catalogue of musical compositions and remixes to digital music and ringtone services, including iTunes.

It plans to offer music clips from blockbuster EA games as ringtones, mastertones or MP3s.

The strangely addictive music used in The Sims and The Sims 2 will be made available by the end of the year, the company confirmed.

The partnership announced today complements Next Level Music, EA's joint venture with Cherry Lane Music Publishing. That project is focused on signing artists and licensing EA music to TV, movies and commercials, while the agreement with Nettwerk is focused on direct-to-consumer online music sales.

EA's 3,000-minute music catalogue includes orchestral works by such composers as Sean Callery, Michael Giacchino, Chris Lennertz, Trevor Jones and Mark Mothersbaugh, as well as game beats produced by such artists as Da Riffs and Just Blaze and original songs and remixes from Paul Oakenfold and others.