Napster Germany launched today, making the Apple competitor's digital music service available in the US, Canada, Germany and the UK.

The catalogue features 125,000 albums, including 20,000 German, albums across all musical genres.

"It is very exciting for Napster to bring the first flat rate music service to Germany as we believe this will soon be the preferred experience for digital music fans," said Thorsten Schliesche, vice-president & general manager, Napster Germany.

Napster has arranged several partnerships to help boost its launch. These include a deal with high street retailer MakroMart and Germany's biggest MP3 player manufacturer, Trekstor, which is bundling its i.beat reload player with a six-month Napster To Go subscription.

The company is offering German residents a free seven day streaming audio trial of the service, which costs €9.95 per month for the Napster PC subscription and €14.95 for the Napster To Go portable subscription service.

A la carte downloads are also available at 99 cents per single and €9.95 per album.