Sir Elton John's career-spanning catalog of more than 30 albums will be available for digital download from March 26, representatives for the British pop legend said today.

The global initiative brings John's career-spanning repertoire of 30-plus albums into the digital space for the first time.

A selection of the artist's biggest hits will also be issued for the first time as master ringtones, and a variety of his classic video promos -- including "I'm Still Standing" and "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (with Kiki Dee) -- will be commercially offered online.

The new digital project coincides with the global release in physical and digital formats of an 18-track Mercury Records compilation "Rocket Man - The Definitive Hits."

"I've wanted my music to be available for digital download worldwide for some time," comments John in a statement, "but I knew that the entire catalog - not just the hits - needed care and attention to be released in this way."

He adds, "Now that it's happening, I'm pleased for the fans' sake. The world has certainly changed since Philips Records issued my first single on seven-inch vinyl - 39 years ago this month."

Since launching his recording career with the 1969 debut "Empty Sky," the artist has sold more than 200 million albums worldwide, according to John's spokesperson.

Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store will offer the 400-plus digital catalog exclusively from March 26 to April 30. After that, his catalog will be made available through online music stores worldwide.

Madison Square Garden will commemorate John's 60th performance at the famed New York City venue Sunday as he celebrates his 60th birthday.

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