Good news for Apple Music subscribers who fly on American Airlines. Starting this Friday, February 1, 2019, you will be able to stream music from the service on flights without having to pay for WiFi access.
Starting Friday, Apple Music subscribers can enjoy their access to over 50 million songs, playlists and music videos on any domestic American Airlines flight equipped with Viasat satellite Wi-Fi with no Wi-Fi purchase required. American Airlines is the first commercial airline to provide exclusive access to Apple Music through complimentary inflight Wi-Fi.Apple
American Airlines, like other domestic carriers, offer some limited access to content without having to pay for WiFi access. This often includes access to the carrier’s website, flight information, and entertainment that is on that flight from the carrier. With this agreement with American, Apple Music will essentially become part of that “free” part of access. It is the first of its kind for the service.
As part of the service, American Airlines has playlists available in the iTunes Store for you to stream. You can find them here but keep in mind that you are not limited to these playlists.
The press release from Apple on the new partnership does not mention if it is exclusive to American Airlines but only mentions it is the first. It could be that we see a similar announcement from other airlines in the coming months (United, I’m looking at you).