U.K. independent labels trade body the Assn. of Independent Music has relauched its new media arm.

U.K. independent labels trade body the Assn. of Independent Music has relauched its new media arm. AIM Digital, formerly known as Musicindie, will negotiate and administer collective licensing deals on behalf of AIM's 900-plus member labels. The rebranded service will also provide training and support for labels new to the digital domain.

"AIM pioneered collective licensing for new media, and the launch of AIM Digital underlines our commitment to level the playing field for indies by actively licensing to new digital services across the world," comments AIM Digital GM James Kyllo, who had the same title at Musicindie.

AIM established Musicindie in 1999 to enable the independent sector to take advantage of new media business development. Through its digital arm, AIM has since struck collective agreements with Sony Connect, Yahoo, OD2, Wippit and O2 Music, and remains the only organization to have forged content deals with both incarnations of Napster.