Australian music fans are happier this week with news that Sony BMG has relented in its corporate war with Apple and allowed its artists to have their music available through iTunes Australia.

With its catalogue of artists available now, Sony BMG Australia and New Zealand chairman Denis Handlin said: "There is a great opportunity for digital music to explode in 2006 and we look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with iTunes."

Sony BMG and Apple are believed to have been haggling over track prices. Sony has also been concerned at Apple’s successful move to dominate the online music market, which it had once had hopes for.

Downloads represent 12 per cent of Sony BMG’s US sales - a figure the company expects Australia will achieve in the next two years.