American Airlines: Access Apple Music for Free in Flight

American Airlines announced today, that beginning this Friday, February 1st, 2019, passengers flying on domestic American Airlines flight will have access to Apple Music for free.

The most important factor for free access to Apple Music is that the airplane is equipped with Viasat satellite Wi-Fi. This will be also the reason why it might not work on most of your flights. American Airlines uses GoGo ground to air Internet and Viasat satellite Wi-Fi.

American Airlines already has high-speed Wi-Fi on over 570 domestic planes as of today and estimates the full completion of the fleet by mid-2019. New and upgraded aircraft will receive Viasat satellite Wi-Fi. But as of now, there is no way to tell, which Wi-Fi provider your plane will have. You can see during your booking process if the plane has Wi-Fi and power outlets, but that’s it. It won’t tell you the provider. So you need a little bit of luck as well with this great news.

However, if you get lucky enough to fly on a plane with Viasat satellite Wi-Fi you can now access your Apple Music subscription for free. Yes, you need to have your own personal subscription or you can sign-up during the flight for a free 3 months trial. Besides just listening to music, you can also stream music videos via Apple Music for free. Apple Music is available on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, Apple TV, PC, Android, CarPlay, HomePod, Sonos and Amazon Echo. A subscription to Apple Music gives you access to over 50 million songs, playlists, and videos.

American is the first commercial airline partner to provide exclusive access to Apple Music for free via complimentary inflight Wi-Fi. Personally, I rather watch a good movie and my music playlist is on my phone already. So I always have it with me, even without Wi-Fi.

Hopefully one day we can have free internet access via the onboard Wi-Fi. So far it’s still quite expansive and if you fly American Airlines, you almost need two subscriptions if you really need the internet during your flight.

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