A US court has ordered Apple to pay $8 million in damages to Personal Audio, as a result of infringing on its patents regarding downloadable playlists.

Personal Audio, a patent licensing company based in Texas, originally filed a case in 2009 demanding $84 million in damages from Apple. Bloomberg reports that the patents Personal Audio claim Apple has violated include downloaded playlists that allow users to skip backwards and forwards.

According to Personal Audio's lawyer, Ron Schutz, a jury on Friday found that Apple had infringed the patents and told Apple to cough up $8 million.

Florian Mueller of the FOSS Patents blog has said that Apple "only has limited incentive to appeal the decision." It may be cheaper in the long run to simply pay Personal Audio for a licence on their intellectual property, than go through a lengthy and costly court battle in order to nullify the patent.