The Japanese subsidiary of Linux software distribution company Turbolinux says it is setting up a music-download service based on an exclusive licensing agreement with Long Island City, N.Y.-based independent-music download site/SNS service Amie Street.

The service will be operated by a new Tokyo-based company called Amie Street Japan, which was established Oct. 22 and which is wholly-owned by Turbolinux Japan. Amie Street will take an as-yet undisclosed stake in the new venture following a share issue by Amie Street Japan sometime in the near future.

Amie Street enables artists to upload their music to its Web site, with user demand determining the price of individual tracks. Non-artist users of the service can recommend songs they like, and if purchases of the songs increase and their prices go up, users receive credits which they can use toward the purchase of music on Amie Street.