updated 6/15/2005 9:27:53 AM ET 2005-06-15T13:27:53

Wireless equipment maker LM Ericsson and online music distributor Napster Inc. are launching a digital music service for mobile phones.

The service will let users download Napster's music files to their handsets, or other mobile devices, the two companies said Wednesday.

It is set to go live in Europe within the next 12 months and will initially be offered to operators in selected markets in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and North America.

"Ericsson and Napster are uniquely suited to offer mobile operators a simple, cohesive and personalized digital music experience for their consumers," Napster chairman and Chief Executive Chris Gorog said in a statement.

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