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Apple in deal to let iPod videos play on planes

Apple Computer Inc. said Tuesday six major airlines will let passengers play video and music from their iPod digital devices on in-flight entertainment systems IN 2007.
/ Source: Reuters

Apple Computer Inc. said Tuesday six major airlines will let passengers play video and music from their iPod digital devices on in-flight entertainment systems beginning in mid-2007.

Air France, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, KLM and UAL Corp.’s United Airlines will begin offering their passengers iPod seat connections, which power and charge iPods during flight and allow the video content on the devices to be viewed on seat-back displays, Apple said.

Terms were not disclosed.

Apple has sought to expand the possible uses for its market-dominating iPod, including deals to build iPod ports into new-model cars. The announcement came as rival Microsoft Corp. launched its Zune digital music player on Tuesday in a bid to challenge the iPod.

To date, Apple said it has sold nearly 70 million iPods and more than 1.5 billion songs through its iTunes music store.