American Airlines Customers Can Access Apple Music In Flight For Free
American Airlines customers with and Apple Music subscription will be able to access Apple Music for free on many American Airlines flights starting February 1, 2019.
The move was announced by American Airlines on Wednesday as a way of elevating the in-flight entertainment available on the airline. Prior to this, those with an Apple Music subscription would have to pay for WiFi or download music before boarding in order to use Apple Music. Apple Music will be accessible on ViaSat-enabled aircraft.
For those who do not have a subscription, you can sign up for a three-month trial in flight if you’d like to use the service. The cost for a subscription is $4.99 for students (requires student email address and confirmation), $9.99 for an individual, or $14.99 for a family plan.
In a release American Airlines said:
Entertainment on American Airlines is getting even better. Starting Friday, American Airlines customers will have access to Apple Music to stream more than 50 million songs, playlists and music videos on any domestic flight equipped with Viasat satellite Wi-Fi. American is the first commercial airline to provide exclusive access to Apple Music through complimentary inflight Wi-Fi access.
No matter how you like to spend your time in the air, there’s something for everyone on American flights. American continues to build a world-class customer experience and is investing in new entertainment and connectivity options throughout its fleet.
This is a good move by American, who has the partnership for a year. Airlines are clearly trying to compete with their in-flight entertainment (though I think AA has dropped the ball in taking away in-flight entertainment screens and making people rely more on their personal devices. I would actually love to see something like this for Netflix, since I always seem to forget to download Netflix shows and movies before boarding my flight.