Service eyes indie content from U.K., France, Germany.

Sony Corp.'s digital music service Sony Connect is poised to announce its first label agreements ahead of its planned launch in Europe, has learned.

According to sources, Connect is about to sign content contracts with AIM, UPFI and VUT, the respective independent label associations for the United Kingdom, France and Germany.

The online music service is expected to launch in June through its Sony Network Services Europe (SNSE) division, initially targeting consumers in those three markets.

The labels bodies will sign the licensing agreements on behalf of their members. Individual member labels will have the option to opt out of the agreement.

According to Sony, Connect will sell songs for €0.99 euros ($1.20) per track in the Continental markets and for £0.79 ($1.40) per song in the United Kingdom.