Leading British independent music company Beggars Group has agreed to license its catalog to download store Napster U.K., Billboard.biz has learned.

Leading British independent music company Beggars Group has agreed to license its catalog to download store Napster U.K., Billboard.biz has learned.

The worldwide distribution pact, which will be announced Monday (June 6), paves the way for users of Napster's products to access digitalized recordings from the indie's affiliated labels, which include XL Recordings, 4AD, Too Pure and Beggars Banquet.

As part of the initial Beggars offering of some 400 titles, the White Stripes' new album "Get Behind Me Satan" (XL) will go live June 6 on Napster.

Napster pushed the button on its British download service on May 20, 2004, almost a month prior to market-leading rival Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store.

Beggars signed an agreement last July to license content to iTunes.

"We've been having regular dialog with them since we launched in the U.K. and this is the climax to all that," says Napster international programming director Jeff Smith. "It took some talking through but we got there in the end. It's great to finally have them on board."

The entire Beggars catalog - including recordings from the Prodigy, Basement Jaxx, the Cult and the Pixies -- will roll out over the next two months, says Beggars Group head of new media Simon Wheeler.

Napster now claims access to 1.1 million titles.