Canada

Much to our chagrin, on the heels of our being forced to block virtually our entire international listening audience, we now have to add Canada to the list (beginning May 16th). We had been hopeful that the licensing situation with our Northern friends might have some hope of imminent resolution. However, after a tough week, and in the wake of the substantial attention the blocking has clearly brought to this issue, it’s been made clear to us that we cannot continue streaming into Canada.
No need to reiterate just how difficult this is. It’s just a terrible thing for music that there’s not even a licensing structure available that would allow a webcaster to stream legally outside the U.S.
I’ll reiterate our commitment to fighting as hard as we can to fix this absurd problem – we only hope that reform will come soon so that we can get back to the business of listening and discovery.
My sincerest apologies.
Tim (Founder)

Pandora

The Pandora Team http://www.pandora.com/

269 thoughts on “Canada

  1. I would glady pay if I could have Pandora in Canada. I love Pandora so much. No other can compare.

  2. PLEASE PANDORA – tell me who I need to contact / lobby to make this happen. I’m so sick of not having pandora in Canada and I don’t think it’s acceptable to just say that you are holding out hope – it’s taking way too long. There is a huge demand for this and people are willing to pay for it. What can I do?

  3. I am visiting my parents in Toronto and my surprise no PANDORA. I am currently listening to Josh Tesh, go figure. What is exactly the problem with PANDORA in Canada. I love Pandora and can’t imagine relocating back home and not have my music. Please get this resolve…….Please..

  4. Hey Tim,
    Wayne, a Canadian, left Canada over 20 years ago because of things like this. I now live in NC and have this piped into my home 24/7. My girlfriend has it piped into her massage clinic. My doctor has it in her office. Sometimes, the door is closed……move to the window. Thanks for your great invention. It is one of the best things in our lives.

  5. Confused as to why this is still an issue, as other streaming websites such as grooveshark.com allow full access to Canadian listeners, let alone use of FLAC.
    Also, lol @ leaving Canada for streaming radio, since it’s so much more important than health care, the economy or the worlds opinion on the country you call ‘home’.

  6. I have to second the general opinion of “if everyone else is offering it, why can’t you?”
    Last time I visited buffalo, and my Rogers account slipped onto the ATT network, I tried creating a US account to at least download it and try it out “down there”. Man, unless you have a US credit card, forget about Apple even letting you sign up for a US account. After some fiddling, I just gave up.
    BTW, have you considered creating a CanDora version for us up north?

  7. SERIOUSLY…Come Back Pandora! This is the dumbest thing ever, absolutely no one gains by having Pandora blocked to Canadians. It worked swimmingly before, get it back and make a smartphone app for Canadians! Five skips, ten skips, whatever, just bring it back PLEASE!

  8. Hi folks,
    We can’t speak for any other music service or part of the music industry. What Pandora does is fairly unique, both in terms of the listener experience and in terms of the relevant law.
    In the US, we have specific “statutory” licenses that spell out what we can do and what we can’t, and how much we must pay to musicians and other rights-holders. We don’t have to negotiate with every single musician or label we play.
    Nothing like that system exists anywhere else at the moment.
    Therefore, this is an issue that only legislators and rights-holder organizations in Canada can truly resolve.
    Thanks for your support, and thanks for your patience!
    –@pandora_ian

  9. What about regular radio stations that do stream into Canada, whether over regular radio waves or over the internet? How can they stream into Canada and not you guys? That does not make any sense whatsoever… I am from British Columbia on the West Coast of Canada and hopefully will be moving back over there from Oklahoma where I am currently and would love to be able to continue using Pandora, but this is kind of ridiculous. If other radio broadcasters can stream into Canada, then Pandora should be able to as well. Enough said!
    Oh well… Perhaps you can try again in 6 months and see if they will change their minds! Thanks for the Pandora experience! I really do enjoy it!
    -Charlie

  10. So, my understanding then is that the difference is that there you get to pay musicians and rights-holders essentially a flat-rate based on a regulated system, and here you would need to negotiate individually?
    Would it not be simple then to just offer artists/labels etc the same flat-rate you currently pay, and it would be a simple matter of whether or not they agree to accept it? If your offer on it is explicitly non-negotiable I think you’d find a lot of labels and artists would be willing to agree to YOUR terms instead of theirs, especially artists who want their music to be ‘put out there’.
    Alternatively, or even at the same time, the service could at the very least be by subscription only in Canada, in which case we the users would be paying for the rights. Problem solved? At the same time you’d still be generating revenue..
    For a company that almost went under in 2008, it would be an intelligent business decision to seriously work toward increasing your customer base outside of US borders.
    And business aside, we miss you up here. EVERY problem has a solution. It’s been about three years now, so we should find one.

  11. How come Slacker Radio can be in Canada but not Pandora? It’s pretty damn close to the same thing, though IMO, Pandora is better.
    Does Pandora only need to open a small office here in Canada to be able to do it?

  12. Well isn’t that nice…all just so those slimy record labels can show gullible Canadian politicians how “it’s impossible to provide legitimate services” without a draconian Canadian DMCA. Even though services like Pandora and direct MP3 downloads from Amazon have nothing to do with it in reality. Politics are shady!

  13. Just moved down do the US and didn’t realize how much we were missing up in Canada. Between Pandora and Hulu, I can always find something to entertain myself when I should be doing work.

  14. It is now about 3 years later since Canada no longer has access to Pandora,
    Is there anything anyone can do? A petition?
    Pandora and it’s project is extremely amazing and I only see good things that can benefite Music in sales and public freedom
    I hope someone is listening to us and therefore make Pandora available once again to Canada
    Arturo

  15. Not only Canada. All over South America we are suffering for these regulations. Isn’t fair that only 1 country on the world can listen to Pandora (legally) we are too many people that are missing of this great project. Please fight not only for Canadians….for the entire WEB. LOVE YOU Pandora

  16. Are there any updates about developments getting Pandora licensed to run in Canada? Thanks!