Skype will soon launch its own international digital music service, with EMI Music Publishing today announcing a global distribution deal for its sounds through Skype.

In a significant international agreement, music from EMI's catalogue will be made legally available on a worldwide basis.

It's the first major online-music deal to be agreed on a global basis. Until now, music retailers have had to license each song individually for each country.

The deal includes downloads, mastertones and subscriptions for EMI's Anglo-American repertoire. EMI Music Publishing becoming a music consultant in this brand new service.

Roger Faxon co-CEO of EMI Music Publishing thanked Mike McGinley of Skype and Clark Miller of EMI for being instrumental in reaching the global deal – the first of a kind. He also thanked composer royalty collectors the MCPS-PRS Alliance for their help.

"We could not have better partners than Skype and MCPS-PRS in our ongoing effort to break down the barriers of online licensing of music. EMI is committed to bringing the best music in the world to all the consumers of the world and this deal is a major step in fulfilling that goal," he said.