Today Pandora, one of the excellent music discovery internet radio stations pulled the plug on its non-US users as a consequence of the complexities of international royalty arrangements. Techcrunch has the story here. Previously non-US residents were deterred by the barrier that the service was only open who could claim to live in a US zip code. Oddly a huge number of their users lived in Beverley Hills, which coincidentally has the zip code 90210 that also happened to be in the title of an internationally famous TV show.
The new technique to be used by Pandora is the IP address of the user which provides ordinarily identifies the country location of the user.
Annoying isn’t it.
Comment posted by Simon
at 5/5/2007 4:14:00 AM
John, from the Pandora blog, it seems that streaming to the UK is still okay:
“After a year of work, only the UK and Canada have shown enough progress for us to feel comfortable allowing continued access.”