Wednesday, July 16, 2008


If you were to look really closely at the Mac News Cycle, you'd notice that it was dominated by the iPhone. Okay, if you were blind, deaf and dumb, you probably would still notice. 

As we near the end of the first week of iPhone, the emphasis has turned to the apps store, and one app that is getting a lot of buzz is Pandora for the iPhone. "The Killer app" some people are calling it. 

Which is all fine and dandy, but hey, look! It's not available in the Canadian iTunes store. Because the service is not available in Canada. This has been the case for a while, but it is always annoying when everyone is talking about something that you can have. Like having everyone tell you how good those cookies are when you're allergic to gluten...

Here's the info from Pandora's FAQ.

Delivery of Pandora is based on proper licensing from the content rights holders - we have always believed strongly in honoring the guidelines as determined by the artists, labels and publishers. In the U.S. there is a federal statute called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that provides this license for all the music you hear on Pandora. Unfortunately, there is no equivalent license outside the U.S.

We will be posting updates on our blog ( regarding our ongoing effort to launch in other countries, so please stay in touch. In all honesty, we don't have the resources to pursue licensing arrangements in many countries in the immediate term, but we do have the ultimate goal of being able to offer our service globally. As always, we welcome your feedback and would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. We greatly appreciate your understanding and support.

Note: Due to international licensing constraints, we are deeply sorry to say that it is necessary to restrict streaming audio from Pandora for most countries outside of the U.S.

Our vision remains to eventually make Pandora a truly global service, but 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.

1 comment:

Steve Ballmer said...

At least the world still has Fake Steve Ballmer!