American Airlines to Offer Free Apple Music Streaming for Subscribers

Posted on January 30, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Apple, iOS, Mobile, Music + Videos with 16 Comments

Starting Friday, Apple Music subscribers will be able to stream music from the service for free over American Airlines in-flight Wi-Fi. Normally, users would need to pay fees to use the Wi-Fi.

“For most travelers, having music to listen to on the plane is just as important as anything they pack in their suitcases,” Apple Music vice president Oliver Schusser said in a prepared statement. “With the addition of Apple Music on American flights, we are excited that customers can now enjoy their music in even more places. Subscribers can stream all their favorite songs and artists in the air, and continue to listen to their personal library offline, giving them everything they need to truly sit back, relax and enjoy their flight.”

Apple notes that American Airlines is the first commercial airline to provide exclusive access to Apple Music through complimentary inflight Wi-Fi, suggesting that deals with other airlines may follow.

Apparently, this will work via an in-flight Wi-Fi sign-up screen, which will now offer a way for Apple Music subscribers to authenticate their accounts for complimentary music streaming. A Viasat satellite-equipped airplane is required, Apple notes.

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