Global Pandora was a great service while it did last. Users from outside the United States where able to listen to Pandora, the Internet Radio that would create music stations based on artists or songs that you like. The Music Industry made the decision to block access to Pandora for all users from outside the United States although most users reported that they discovered new music that they found interesting and that the majority actually bought music they discovered at Pandora.
You are not the only one who thinks that something is not right here. Still, Global Pandora uploaded an announcement to their website that all US IPs of Global Pandora have been banned by Pandora so that access is currently not possible anymore. They ask users to use Jango, imeem, Spotify, Songza or SHOUTcast in the interim period.
It remains unknown if Global Pandora will make a comeback because new IPs will most likely get banned after a while as well. They are looking for U.S. servers and shells nevertheless to bring the service back to life.
Update: Global Pandora is back, but the service is no longer free. Users have to purchase so called access passes to use the service. Passes start at €0.19 per day and the cheapest available option is €19.99 for a year's time.
The website lists guide for all devices and program supported that explain how you can configure Global Pandora. This usually works by changing the proxy settings in the web browser or on the device.
A free alternative that you can make use of is Media Hint, an extension for Google Chrome that enables access to Pandora and other US-only services.Advertisement
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