Elton John is beating The Beatles to the punch and going digital. From next Monday his entire back catalogue of 400 tracks will be available via iTunes exclusively for a month until 30 April, when it will be made available through other music services.

The artist explained: "I've wanted my music to be available for digital download worldwide for some time, but I knew that the entire catalogue not just the hits needed care and attention to be released in this way. 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".

While some albums are already available through iTunes, the artist will now make over 30 albums available online.

The move could mean that Elton John re-enters the top 10 with previous hits such as Rocket Man or the Candle in the Wind.

Other inclusions include Sir Elton’s 1969 debut album Empty Sky and includes the likes of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Honky Chateau, Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy and Made In England.

The singer is also making his most popular tracks available as ringtones.