French music search service MusicMe has struck a content deal that brings 250,000 EMI Music titles to its streaming facility MusicMe Illimité.

French music search service MusicMe has struck a content deal that brings 250,000 EMI Music titles to its streaming facility MusicMe Illimité.

With the addition of EMI's catalog, MusicMe Illimité now gives access to 600,000 tracks from the four major companies, plus French aggregators Believe and Wild Palms Music. MusicMe says it is currently in discussions with various key independent labels.

Launched in March 2006, MusicMe Illimité is the first -- and only to-date -- dedicated unlimited music subscription offering in France.

At €9.95 ($12.50) each month, it is presented as a premium service of the MusicMe free search service (formerly known as Allmusicbox), which aggregates information on biographies, discographies, and other information on about 2.5 million titles.

Ludovic Leu, director and co-founder of MusicMe, says, although results of the subscription service have come in slightly below expectations, he remains confident.

"We are in a learning phase," he comments. A download unlimited service -- similar to Napster's or Rhapsody's 'To Go' version -- will be launched end of 2006 at €14.95 ($18.78) per month, based on Microsoft technology, Leu adds.

Leu says the service is eyeing up plans to launch the MusicMe search service in the United States -- minus the unlimited premium offering -- by the end of the year.

MusicMe is owned by Apach Network, a leader in B2B digital audio management services in France.