Dear Listeners –
Tonight we began the heartbreaking process of blocking access to Pandora for listeners outside the U.S.
It’s hard to think of anything more anathema to who we are than turning off someone’s radio, but the current legal realities leave us no choice. While the DMCA provides us a blanket license in the U.S., there is no equivalent in other countries. After a year of work, only the UK and Canada have shown enough progress for us to feel comfortable allowing continued access.
For those of you around the world who received our early warning emails, thanks so much for your kind and understanding replies… humbling. It really means a lot to us (even though it makes it doubly hard to do…)
Trust that we will continue working as hard as we can to obtain the licenses we need, and to push for the establishment of effective, centralized licensing bodies around the world. Hopefully this kind of development will add some urgency to the need for reform in the administration of worldwide copyrights.
We will all eagerly await the day when we can turn this back on, so please stay close. To quote our CTO, Tom Conrad: “we’ll take good care of your stations in the meantime.”
Keep the faith…
Tim (Founder)
Update: For those of you that were impacted by the IP blocking change, we’ve restored your access to the Pandora Backstage universe. Once again you’ll be able to access your profile and search for artist, album, and song recommendations. We know it’s not a substitute for the full version Pandora, but it’s a small token that many of you told us you wanted. We’re very happy to be able to give it back.


  1. angela Epstein
    August 03, 2009 at 2:17pm
    Ok Pandora guys -- what can we do so as your funs to help you grow. Clearly the industry should know by now tha we DO love you and trust you; unlike them. We are ready to pay for subscription. Our international friends and family are, literally, dying to have you back. I feel guilty to have intoxicated them with you while they visit the US, only to go back and feel depressed : ( -- Oh, dear Pandora, come back to the markets with accent, with flavor, with love and laughter. We really need you. I can't believe the music industrty's insistence in punishing those who maintain it. Is that called harakiri? I do not know why they oppose pirates when they reject the opportunity to have a commuity willing to buy after they experience their music thru Pandora. Does that make sense?
  2. Bob Niemöller
    August 07, 2010 at 9:32am
    Okay folks, I know it has been a long time since anyone posted here, but I still want Pandora to come to Europe... I first started listening to Pandora in 7th grade (when I was about 14) and it was the best. has some tracks and artists, but the majority of them are garage bands that you get sick of after a week. I noticed that Pandora went down about 4 hours after it did (I was sleeping during the "Armageddon outside the US"), and when I woke up i got saddened about what the HTML informed me about. I have tried to connect to Pandora every month since then, but still I face the same message... I really hope that you guys will be able to broadcast overseas again... If you get a form of "Premium"-version of the service, you would get a lot of subscribers. Best regards from Sweden!
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