Sony Music has agreed to license a "broad array" of repertoire to Wippit, the London-based legitimate digital-music service.

Sony Music has agreed to license a "broad array" of repertoire to Wippit, the London-based legitimate digital-music service.

Material from such artists as Beyonce, Prince, Anastacia and Manic Street Preachers will be made available to users of Wippit's music download service in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Wippit CEO Paul Myers says "tens of thousands" of Sony tracks will roll-out on its service from this summer. Myers recently unveiled an upgraded edition of Wippit's original subscription-based service. The latest version offers an á la carte pay-per-track download option enabling users to burn a limited number of copies to CD and export tracks to portable devices. Sony content will be available through the new version.

"This announcement marks an important addition to our roster of distribution partners in the U.K. market, and we look forward to working with Wippit as they continue to grow the business, and provide music fans with quick and easy access to the music they want," comments Sony Music U.K. chairman/CEO Rob Stringer in a statement. "We also look forward to announcing special initiatives, including exclusive track offerings that will be made available through the service in the weeks and months ahead," he adds.

Wippit has an existing European licensing agreement with EMI and a separate U.K. and Ireland content pact with BMG. Wippit also licenses music from more than 200 independent labels. Myers says talks are ongoing with the remaining two majors.

As previously reported, the online music service is planning to expand into new territories, including the United States, Germany, Spain and Sweden.