Online store Amazon has confirmed it will roll-out its MP3 music store across the globe this year.
Songs on Amazon MP3 are DRM (digital rights management) free and so can be played on virtually any device, including PCs, Macs, iPods and other MP3 players.
All four major music labels, as well as more than 33,000 independent labels, have already signed up to provide tracks for the online store, which began in the US in autumn 2007.
Amazon’s Vice President of Digital Music, Bill Carr, said: ‘We have received thousands of emails from Amazon customers around the world asking us when we will make Amazon MP3 available outside of the US.
‘We are excited to tell those customers that Amazon MP3 is going international this year.’
Amazon MP3 includes over 3.3 million songs from more than 270,000 artists.
Amazon says that in the US, most songs cost from 45p to 50p, with albums costing from £3 to £5.