February 4 2019  |  Inflight Entertainment

American Airlines offers guests free Apple Music

By Rachel Debling

Starting this month, American Airlines passengers on domestic flights equipped with Viasat satellite Wi-Fi will have access to more than 50 million songs, playlists and music videos via Apple Music.

“Our customers want to make the most of their time when flying with us. That’s why we’re investing in high-speed Wi-Fi, the newest movies, live TV and now Apple Music,” said Janelle Anderson, Vice President of Global Marketing at American, in a January 30 press release. “Providing customers with more ways to stay connected throughout each flight is one way to show we value their business and the time they spend with us.”

Oliver Schusser, Vice President of Apple Music, also commented: “For most travelers, having music to listen to on the plane is just as important as anything they pack in their suitcases. 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.”

Customers on the Viasat-equipped aircraft can access Apple Music by connecting to the complimentary Wi-Fi and logging into their Apple Music account. Those who aren't current subscribers can still enjoy free access by connecting to Wi-Fi and signing up to Apple Music free of charge for three months.

American has many other IFEC upgrades planned for its fleet, including:

  • High-speed Wi-Fi on its domestic aircraft – more than 570 have already been installed, with full completion expected for mid-2019
  • Free live TV added to additional aircraft (more than 400 domestic and 155 international aircraft currently feature the option)
  • Free access to wireless entertainment, accessible through personal electronic devices, throughout the carrier's fleet
  • In-seat power on mainline aircraft and two-class regional jets

Apple Music is available on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, Apple TV, PC, Android, CarPlay, HomePod, Sonos and Amazon Echo.

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