High-level talks have been taking place between Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG) and EMI, reports claim.

The reports also say BMG has been in discussion with Sony Music Entertainment.

Details of the talks are sketchy, but they are thought to revolve around BMG's recently announced deal with peer-to-peer file-sharing company, Napster.

BMG's Napster deal will need other content providing partners in order to be truly effective. The EMI news came after weeks of speculation that BMG, which is trying to surpass Universal as the world's largest music company, would make an out-and-out bid for EMI. A full-out merger, however, is unlikely given that competition authorities in Europe have already rejected a proposed Warner-EMI union, according to analysts.

News broke yesterday that Universal is tying up a deal with another Internet music site MP3.com, following Universal's victory in its litigation against that company.