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.
As Apple continues to boost its services revenue in place of its now-plateaued hardware revenue, we’re beginning to see more and more deals between Apple and other service providers. Earlier this month, Verizon began offering a free Apple Music subscription to specific unlimited plans. Now with American Airlines offering free music streaming to Apple Music subscribers without having to purchase on-board WiFi, it’s only a matter of time before the other major U.S. airlines like United and Delta begin offering something similar, if not the same service entirely.
With Apple’s TV streaming service quickly approaching its rumored release of mid-April, it’s possible that this deal with American Airlines could soon become a deal for not just free Apple Music streaming, but also free streaming for subscribers to Apple’s upcoming TV service, which would be the first of its kind. Should this be the case, then its highly likely that other services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video would also attempt to make free streaming deals with the major airlines.