Home Icon

Pandora re-opens its box of music to Australians

By Leigh D. Stark | 7:22 pm 01/07/2012

The service that once closed its doors to international activity has for some reason opened them once again, with Australians now able to access the service called the “Music Genome Project”.

A fluke discovery by GadgetGuy staffers this evening revealed that Australians once again have access to Pandora.com, a music service that finds new artists and songs for people to listen to based on an initial song or artist entered into the project.

Originally launched in 2000, the project started blocking non-US connections in 2007, forcing Australians to find a different way to discover new music at a time when online music services weren’t in abundance.

As it stands, Australians have quite a few music services to choose from at the moment, what with the recent launches of Spotify and Telstra’s partnership with MOG joining the likes of Rdio, Rara, Zune Music, and JB HiFi’s Now service.

Pandora’s music streaming service is different from most of these, with the music coming out as less of a full album and more of a radio station for you to find new selections for. The service is mostly free, with a few advertisements thrown in the middle of song sets. In America, customers can purchase a $37 per year subscription that removes the ads.

Currently, the service seems to be accessible only from web browsers (Mac or PC), with the mobile applications missing in action in their respective mobile app stores. However, the service isn’t blocking Australians and listing their IP addresses, as it has been since international online users were blocked from using the Pandora service.

We’re not quite sure why Pandora is currently allowing traffic from Australia, but right now, we’d take advantage of it.

It’s altogether possible that we’ll see a partnership between a major telco or ISP and Pandora, and that’s why the website has opened up its ports to Australians, but we’ll know soon enough.

Latest reviews

  • A battery to beat: Motorola’s X Play reviewed

    Fancy screens and amazing cameras don’t make up the needs of all smartphone buyers, and if battery is the biggest concern, Motorola’s X Play has your name all over…
  • AppMonday: ReColor

    There’s a new craze sweeping bookstores, and it's colouring books. Not the sort you give to your kids, though, because these are colouring books made to help you relax…
  • Incipio’s wirelessly charged battery case for the iPhone 6/6s reviewed

    A long day can be gruelling on an iPhone battery. Fortunately, there are battery cases, and one of these even supports wireless charging. Neat.
  • Review: Rugby League Live 3 (PS3, PS4, X360, XB1, PC)

    With the 2015 NRL season about to conclude with the Grand Final, the tragic Rugby League fan may need something to cope with the impending end of the season.…
  • Review: Acer Aspire V 15 (2015)

    Ultrabooks aren't for everyone, and if you feel you still need a big screen and an optical drive, Acer hopes it has something in the form of the Aspire…
  • A grand phone: Apple’s iPhone 6s Plus reviewed

    If you’re in the market for a big phone, Apple is ready with a new phone, and if you want it to come with all the features everyone else…
  • AppMonday: Snake ’97

    Remember when games consisted of a few dots on a screen and two colours? Snake ’97 lets you relive the good ol’ days.
  • Apple iPhone 6s - full Australian review

    We’ve had the opportunity to spend some time getting to know the new iPhone 6s (and our iPhone 6s Plus review will appear on GadgetGuy.com.au over the next couple…
  • AppMonday: Rebuild 3

    Zombies are big for movies and games, but if you’re anything like us, you tire the old “let’s kill zombie” hack and slash and shoot formula. Fortunately, “Rebuild” is…
  • AppMonday: Weather Timeline

    iOS has its share of neat weather apps, but what if you’re after something clean and useful on Android? For that, you turn to a timeline. A "Weather Timeline".…

“How do you stop yourself from being caught out by these scam artists?”

Read More

Tell us…

Will you be installing an ad blocker on your smartphone?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

“There’s certainly no doubt that you can find a bargain, but like always, you get what you pay for.”

Read More