On Friday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear an Apple case that seeks to prevent the company from forcing Spotify and LeetCode Premium users to install third-party software that lets them control their devices remotely.
The court, in a unanimous decision, said the company has not proved that its use of the “Remote Control” feature violated the terms of Apple’s iPhone software.
Apple has been working on an alternative solution for some users, but the case will likely be appealed.
If the Supreme court agrees with Apple, the decision could have big ramifications for Spotify and other companies that use third-parties to help manage users’ Spotify subscriptions.
“The Court will take a close look at the extent to which the software and device controls offered by third parties infringe on the interests of the third parties and the use of third-Party technology,” the justices wrote.
“We will therefore hold that the terms and conditions of the iPhone app are a product of the service provided by Apple, and thus cannot be held to be ‘unreasonable.'”
Apple has been trying to stop third-Parties from selling their own software and to force users to download third-tier apps from third- PARTYSIDE OF THE TRADE article Apple’s fight against third- Party apps has been especially contentious.
Last month, Apple sued Spotify and others, saying they are abusing the platform by forcing users to pay for third- party apps that can be used on their devices.
Spotify has countersued in federal court, arguing that Apple’s actions are unlawful.
On Thursday, Apple asked the Supreme the justices to decide the matter before the end of the year.