Hamburg-based digital service provider Finetunes has signed a distribution deal with U.S. mobile media service Didiom.

The deal, which takes immediate effect, will enable Didiom users to purchase songs from the Finetunes catalog, which includes material from Sébastien Tellier, Tony Allen, and dance artist Cassius, among others, as well as a large repertoire of public-domain material by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and B.B. King.

Finetunes also has digital distribution deals in place with a number of independent label partners including !K7, Rough Trade, Pacha Recordings, Honest Jon's and Asphalt Tango.

Finetunes was founded in Hamburg in 2003 to provide independent labels and artists with digital distribution solutions separate from major labels' channels. The company has since expanded to include offices in Montreal, Paris, London and Tokyo alongside its German base.

Didiom was launched in 2005 and enables BlackBerry and Windows Mobile users to access music, podcasts and audio books stored on a desktop PC, via wireless streaming. The Didiom download store currently offers more than 2 million songs available as DRM-free MP3 or WMA format downloads. Prices begin at $0.89 per song and $9.99 per album.

Tom G√ľnther, Finetunes head of legal and business affairs said in a statement: "We're very happy to be working with Didiom. The application is innovative and also very user-friendly. We're excited to be opening up new mobile markets together with Didiom."

Commenting on the deal Didiom CEO Ran Assaf, added in a statement: "We're delighted to join forces with Germany's most prominent digital music distributor."

He continued, "Finetunes has an extensive and diverse catalogue with a remarkable spectrum of artists ranging from music legends such as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Edith Piaf, and Miles Davis to Grammy Award winners such as Van Morrison, Tito Puente, Johnny Cash, B.B. King, and Barry White. Didiom makes it incredibly easy now for millions of BlackBerry and Windows Mobile phone users to explore the finetunes catalogue and download the music they like -- wherever, whenever, at truly competitive prices."

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