Pandora Withdrawals

I’m addicted to Pandora.com.  And since I came to New Zealand, I’ve been too far off the grid to get my daily Pandora fix of perfectly personalized music.  You can’t really fire up the  laptop and get online while you’re camping  in the woods near lake Tekapo on New Zealand’s South Island.

So when I finally had some spare time in a town with adequate internet, I was excited to get some work done with my own personal soundtrack pumping through my headphones. I fired up, logged on, plugged in, and was greeted with this horrible, horrible message:

Dear Pandora Visitor,

We are deeply, deeply sorry to say that due to licensing constraints, we can no longer allow access to Pandora for listeners located outside of the U.S. We will continue to work diligently to realize the vision of a truly global Pandora, but for the time being we are required to restrict its use. We are very sad to have to do this, but there is no other alternative.

Fuck.

Not only have I been suffering from Pandora withdrawals, but before I left the states, I spent hours setting up the cool Travel Tunes section on this blog, that is automatically updated when I bookmark a new favorite artist on Pandora.  hours of tweaking the plugin and toying with the CSS — wasted.

I’ve had to resort to itunes for the time-being, but thats like downgrading a heroin addict to Oxycontin without even warning them.

I’m shaky, but surviving — any ideas?

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  • http://www.pandora.com/people/pandoralucia Lucia @ Pandora

    Justin, I’m so sorry you can’t get Pandora in New Zealand! We’re working on getting Pandora legal outside the U.S., but in the mean time, we know that lots of listeners are jonesing. :( I wish I could help.

    Travel safely, and I hope you find some great music!

    - Lucia, from Pandora