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Apple has revoked Monster’s MFi license in wake of its Beats lawsuit, reports The Wall Street Journal. Monster, the A/V company who manufactured headphones for Beats in its early days, filed a lawsuit against the company in January for duping it out of potential proceeds from the Apple acquisition.

Monster’s general counsel David Tognotti said Apple’s move to pull its MFi license is in retribution for the suit, and that it can significantly disrupt their business—which still involves building premium headphones. “It shows a side of Apple that consumers don’t see very often,” he said. “Apple can be a bully.”

Mr. Tognetti adds that Monster and Apple have worked well for years, with it paying the iPhone maker more than $12 million in licensing fees. Close to 1,000 of Monster’s 4,000+ product log were made through the MFi program. Apple told Tognetti their relationship was no longer “mutually beneficial.”

Short for “Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad,” Apple’s MFi program gives third-party manufacturers components, technical support and a certification logo to ensure their products will work with iOS devices. In recent years, consumers have learned to look for the logo when buying accessories as a sign of quality.

As a result of losing its MFi license, Monster has been forced to change its packaging, redesign some of its products, and it has even had to stop manufacturing current products to avoid using licensed technology. Its lawsuit against Beats is currently pending in Los Angeles County Superior Court, in California.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

  • workin

    Steve Jobs lives!

  • Eikast

    Bullying? Why would Apple continue to license to Monster when Monster is suing Apple since Apple owns beats.

    • Kaneki

      Yeah, it is just common sense. Apple isn’t being a bully, if you want to sue them, don’t expect them to continue doing business with you. It’s pretty simple.

  • DOOManiac

    Now how will Apple users buy overpriced headphones?

    • Franklin Richards

      By buying Beats that are essentially Apples now?

    • Keith

      Monster can go to hell with their overpriced junk.

      • Dan

        Beats is just as bad.

      • Ángel Javier Esquivel

        But it’s Apple so, now they are premium…
        (P.S. Yes it’s a joke, and yes I am an Apple Fanboy xD)

    • Joey_Z

      every “premium” headphone out there is overpriced… any brands, you name it

      • Antzboogie

        Very true.

      • Ángel Javier Esquivel


    • Antzboogie

      Beats are actually great headphones why the hating lol.

  • Sarcastic Texan

    The Moral of the story: Before you pick a fight with someone, make sure you aren’t dependent on their big brother for something.

  • M_Hawke

    Well, I think Monster already has a good reputation for quality anyway.

  • Mark S

    Apple is a bully but apparently you are greedy. NEVER BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU moron.

  • Mark Tesch

    Apple revoking MFi license is bullying? No, it just shows they are about to implement something they believe to be even better. #haventyoulearnedanything

  • Nesly Lacroix

    I would not be surprised if Monster appealed to the government for help over a possible antitrust case.

    • Rowan09

      Why they are suing Apple since they own Beats now?