Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Pandora access stops in Canada too

Well, I've now been cut off Pandora, unfortunately.

After I wrote last week about Pandora sending out notices to people outside the US, I was happy to notice that I was still able to get the service. But it didn't last.

Yesterday, I got this note from Pandora founder Tim Westergren:
Dear Pandora listener,

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 from Canada. We began blocking access from almost all countries outside the U.S. last week and had originally hoped to maintain access to Canada. However, it has become clear in the last week that we just haven't been able to make enough progress to continue streaming.

It is difficult to convey just how disappointing this is for us. Our vision remains to eventually make Pandora a truly global service, but for the time being, we can no longer continue as we have been. As a small company, the best chance we have of realizing our dream of Pandora all around the world is to grow as the licensing landscape allows.

I really hope that they are able to work out licensing arrangements in Canada. It's a great service and I've enjoyed discovering new music through it.

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