06 August, 2009

Support for the Logitech G15 keyboard

A new beta version was released with support for the Logitech G15 keyboard.
Many thanks to Scott Workman for helping with this feature.
The current played track info is displayed, and you can select if you like it or hate it.

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Some bugs related to the Last.fm submition were fixed too.

You can download version 0.7.0 beta6 from here.

Windows 7 users - if you have a problem please use the previous beta5 from here.

03 June, 2009

Version 0.7.0, the second beta

This version has only small chnages. The main reason for this release is the fact that Google Pages is shutting down, or more precisely migrating to Google Sites.

The core functionality of OpenPandora is based on a file hosted in Google Pages, so a new hosting for that file was needed, and there for an update for OpenPandora too.

I'm glad to inform that there is a new website based Google App Engine and it is located at http://getopenpandora.appspot.com. The move made a temporary problem for users of old versions, but the problem is fixed.
Sorry if you had any troubles.

Please upgrade to the current release at http://getopenpandora.appspot.com/download.

28 February, 2009

Version 0.7.0 enters beta

The development of the new version has began. First beta of version 0.7.0 is ready for download.
Current changes are bug fixes and small updates:
  • All fields of registration window are visible
  • MiniPlayer is removed
  • Lyrics menu moved up from Tools and uses Google search
  • Border was added to the window
  • Bigger window that is resized based on current Pandora status
  • Disabled opening of Pandora mini
  • Correctly write to Start/Programs for all languages

05 December, 2008

OpenPandora 0.6.9 is ready (Official Pandora layout fix)

The official OpenPandora fix is ready.
Go get it from the download page.
Kudos to Kevin for his quick unofficial fix.

It's time make some changes to OpenPandora and make a complete rewrite.
More info will be posted later.

Update: The download is available again

Update2: The setup file hosting moved to Google Code

03 December, 2008

New Pandora Layout

Pandora has changed their site's layout today.
This change broke OpenPandora.
Please wait for a fix.
Sorry for the inconvenience.

Update: There is an unofficial fix created by Kevin: http://kevinmcr.home.comcast.net/OpenPandora%20fix.zip.
An official fix will be ready soon.

01 June, 2007

The complete guide for using OpenPandora outside US with Tor

Since Pandora started blocking users outside US some solutions where proposed, but only one made to the top - Tor.

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Tor can help you anonymize web browsing, by bouncing communication around a distributed network of servers called onion routers.
This is nice, but how this helps?
If the communication is bounced over network of servers and the last server that forwards communication located in US, Pandora will think that the user himself is located in US and will not block him.

So what we need is to force last server to be in US and use Tor only for communication with Pandora. This is done in four simple steps:
  1. Install Tor.

    Got to http://tor.eff.org/download-windows.html.en and download just Tor (marked for experts only), or use this link http://tor.eff.org/dist/win32/tor-
  2. Update torrc file.

    Open torrc file from Start->Programs->Tor and add paste at the bottom

    StrictExitNodes 1
    exitnodes desync,whistlersmother,lefkada,bettyboop,croeso,TorLuwakOrg,nixnix,inap1,redpineapple,cronic,sasquatch,slowturtle2

    This will force the last server to be located in US.
  3. Create tor.pac file. I have created it directly under c: drive (c:\tor.pac).
    Start by creating new text file. Open it in Notepad and paste

    function FindProxyForURL(url, host)
    if (shExpMatch(host, "www.pandora.com")) return "SOCKS";
    return "DIRECT";

    Rename it tor.pac.

    Alternatively you can download my tor.pac from here: http://openpandora.googlepages.com/tor.pac.
  4. Set tor.pac to be used for automatic configuration in Internet Explorer.

    Open Internet Explorer. Go to Tools->Internet Options.
    Select Connections tab.
    Open Lan Settings by pressing the button.
    Check/Select 'Use automatic configuration script'.
    Write in Address "file://" following the tor.pac file name with full path. I wrote "file://c:\tor.pac" (without the quotation marks).

Now you activate Tor from Start->Programs->Tor->Tor and run OpenPandora. It will take some time until Pandora will load, but when it loads the music never stops.