Australia’s Qantas has removed the music selection from the inflight entertainment system on their domestic flights. This means no more radio stations, CD library or music playlists are available.
According to Australian Frequent Flyer, Qantas stated, “Research showed that fewer customers are tuning in to the radio and music channels. It also indicated many passengers on both domestic and international flights bring their own device with music already downloaded”.
Do You Listen To Music When Flying?
Ever since the iPod first came out, I have listened to my own music when flying. Sometimes it is nice to sit and relax and watch the world go by accompanied by some tunes.
This is more likely on shorter flights where there are no screens to watch a movie. On longer flights, I’ll invariably catch up on the latest Hollywood releases or the occasional classic movie.
Despite hundreds of flights, I think I have only tuned into the airline provided selection once. That one time, I probably listened to it for 10 minutes before going back to a movie. It’s just not for me.
The Qantas decision makes sense on their domestic network. They offer fast and free Wi-Fi on all flights to all passengers, so you can just use your usual Spotify, Apple Music or the content on your device to listen to the tunes you like.
Considering airlines would need to pay for musical content in order for artists to receive royalties, it is probably best not to provide a service that few people are using. With the growing addition of Wi-Fi on board, providing this makes even less sense.
As Internet services in flight grow more reliable, we will probably see the removal of the entertainment screens in favour of streamed content to personal devices. American Airlines is already moving in this direction on its domestic fleet.
What do you think of music provided on the inflight entertainment system? Do you use it or is it completely useless? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
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