Napster has inked a deal with The UK Association of Independent Music (AIM) and the Independent Music Companies Association (IMPALA), allowing it to offer users access to a major collection of independent artists when it launches its subscription-based service later this year.

Between them, AIM and IMPALA represent independent labels from across Europe. These include Beggars Banquet, Warp, Mute and Telstar; between them, they represent 26 per cent of the UK music retail market.

Featured artists will include Muse, Moby, John Cale, The Charlatans, and The Ramones. Hundreds more artists are signed to the labels. Napster has not yet revealed how much its subscription-based service will cost.