A new player has entered the digital music distribution battleground that is Europe, Sony.
Sony announced plans to launch its Connect digital music store online in Europe in June at CeBit today.
The company will sell songs at 99 Euros with the service launching in France, Britain and Germany. Users will be able to play these songs on their computers, export them to Sony music players, and burn them to CDs (this feature is unlimited).
The company will launch its European service with 300,000 tracks from the five major labels, in addition to national and regional artists and independent label tracks.
Sony's European boss of network applications and content services Robert Ashcroft told Reuters: "There's been a sea change in the industry. All labels have been willing to discuss licensing their catalogue to as many credible platforms as possible. And Sony is a very credible platform."