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."

and

"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.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

A workaround is:
use a free US proxy to connect to pandora. Just tried it and it seems to work.

Free US proxy's can be found by googling for "Proxy US" or just take one from this site:

http://www.aliveproxy.com/proxy-list/proxies.aspx/United_States-US

Anonymous said...

Hope its only temporally as they say.. About the proxy thing? how that works?

Based on my love to pandora i designed www.YellingZebra.com

it shows u videos from an artist or similar artists (using the Lastfm huge library).. Check it out..

www.yellingzebra.com

Anonymous said...

"the workaround man" ure and idiot!
you couldn't simply shut up!?

everyone knows how to do it without your comments!

u think u're "smart" ? huh?
now they will force open pandora to close the service!

Anonymous said...

please make openpandora opensource

eitan said...

OP is already open source http://code.google.com/p/openpandora/

dep said...

Horrible news. Your application has just been amazing and I use it every day.