24 May, 2007

Patched version 0.6.8 - Support for Pandora new layout

Patched version 0.6.8 is ready.

It fixes the layout problem after recent changes to Pandora layout.
This is only an initial fix and an official update will come later.

Remark: The OpenPandora update mechanizm will try to load this page http://openpandora.googlepages.com/download/, but due to a problem with GooglePages it will not be recognized. The correct URL is this one http://openpandora.googlepages.com/download, without the slash (/) at the end. This is a new issue with GooglePages and I hope they will fix it soon.

Enjoy your music.

23 May, 2007

New pants for Pandora

Pandora just changed the look of their site and the player, slightly broking OpenPandora.

The new site does look much better, also adding more functionality to the player.
I'm working on a patched version. Stay tuned.

-Enjoy your music.

14 May, 2007

Some good news

Stealing the title from Pandora blog, but adding some real good news:

You can use OpenPandora even outside US. Thanks for the blog commenters for finding the solution.
You have to install Hotspot Shield and that all enter under proxy settings host and port 895.

And back to Pandora with some new features:
  • Volume normalization (finally!)
  • Tune shared station for your taste using thumbs up and down
  • Now you can move station even from shared station and QuickMix
  • Backstage is available back for all users, even those outside US.
  • and more
Enjoy your music.

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08 May, 2007

What's next?

Now that Pandora closed their gates and plugged out the cable for connections outside US, they simply made us search for an alternative.

Share the community with your alternatives. Just add a comment to this post.

06 May, 2007

Public Proxies

You can use public CGI-PROXY located in US to surf the net as if you was surfing in US.

Some random proxies can be found here: http://tools.rosinstrument.com/cgi-proxy.htm. Just type the site you want to reach, like http://pandora.com.

Use this trick to play Pandora outside US.

03 May, 2007

Pandora is closing

Pandora is closing the access for users outside U.S.

Form their letter:
"Today we have some extremely disappointing news to share with you. Due to international licensing constraints, we are deeply, deeply sorry to say that we must begin proactively preventing access to Pandora’s streaming service for most countries outside of the U.S."


"On May 3rd, we will begin blocking access to Pandora to listeners from your country."

Sad day, but I hope this is only temporary. They do save user accounts, and promise to provide the service outside U.S. in the future. Time will tell.

Thinking positively, this may also help to web radio. New companies outside U.S. will emerge and provide similar service. In the long run, we will only gain.

I don't know how this will effect OpenPandora development, since I'm living outside U.S.
I'll post more later.