Pandora shut off to non-US users

[intro] Bah! Those RIAA rotters have put the frighteners on the tailor-made internet radio station [/intro] In a previous blog, I sang the pr

[intro] Bah! Those RIAA rotters have put the frighteners on the tailor-made internet radio station [/intro]

In a previous blog, I sang the praises of Pandora, a sophisticated internet radio site that tailors tunes to match your musical tastes. It now seems that the RIAA has decided that anyone not in the good ole' US of A should not have access to this service, due to pressure from US record labels.

Getting round entering a zip code on-site was pretty easy before, but now users will be filtered by IP address, effectively blocking anyone not based Stateside. Rights deals for the UK and Canada are being hammered out as we speak, so all may not be lost for British fans – I'll keep you posted.

The RIAA has also come down hard on Pandora in terms of the fees it charges to play music online – significantly higher than satellite radio providers, and certainly higher than nothing – what terrestrial US radio stations pay.

Come on guys, it's called the worldwide web, remember? It does throw up, yet again, the fact that licensing laws and pricing structures for completely free (and really rather good) online broadcast services are unduly punishing and woefully outdated.

That's it – I'm off to have a sulk.