Sony BMG has reached a deal with mobile phone network 3 to sell music to mobile phones.

Music from Sony BMG will be made available for sale and download to members of 3's phone network.

The Guardian observes the move to be: "Part of the industry's efforts to turn mobile phones into digital music players and usurp gadgets such as the iPod".

Many analysts expect mobile phone music downloads will overtake existing computer-based digital music services.