AT&T has launched the first US mobile phone music service, the mMode Music Store.

The service lets AT&T mobile customers buy music using their mobiles, with their purchases either added to their mobile phone bills or charged straight to their credit card.

mMode Music Store launches with a catalogue of 750,000 songs, and was built with Loudeye (which now owns the UK's OD2 network) and Microsoft. Songs acquired using the service aren't (yet) downloaded to the handset, but instead to a users Windows PC. Macs are not supported.

"When it comes to digital music, consumers don't want to be tied to their PC; they want their music experience to be mobile," said Sam Hall, vice president of mMode services for AT&T Wireless.

"Consumers no longer have to scribble down the names of songs they've discovered and wait until they get home to download them onto their computers," he exclaimed.

Tracks cost 99 cents each through mMode.