Meanwhile, in the World of Music and Airlines…

As someone who used to supply in-flight audio entertainment to Air Canada (I got bumped off when the airline changed their technology and struck a deal with XM), I’m still very interested in how airlines attempt to distract passengers with the uncivil nature of civil aviation.

Item 1: British Airways pairs music and food

The British carrier has just introduced playlists designed to go with new inflight menus. At first, this sounds pretty goofy. But when you consider all the studies about how flying affects our sense of taste, then maybe they’re onto something. And music can help airline food taste better.

Check out what BA is doing with their new Sound Bite menu.

Item 2: Universal Music is thinking about suing American Airlines

More copyright issues. From the Hollywood Reporter:

American Airlines is buckling up to defend a copyright lawsuit that could come as soon as next month from Universal Music Group. On Friday, attorneys for the airline told a Texas judge that it anticipates being a defendant when a “standstill agreement” with the record giant expires on November 10. The latest court documents signal a possible coordinated attack by the music industry to gain more income from the largest airline carriers in the country.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Meanwhile, in the World of Music and Airlines…

  • October 20, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Recently flew to Vancouver and the new Air Canada entertainment system had a very complicated menu system (for me anyways), not as easy to find your choice of music.


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