I blogged on KilkennyMusic.com a while ago about the saving of internet radio, mentioning Pandora in particular as a site that I love to have open in the office. The selection of music is incredible and I’ve been introduced to so many great artists over the last year or so. Alas, in reading Techcrunch before I’ve checked my emails it looks like the curtain is falling on Pandora for users outside the US.
With DMCA laws in place, Pandora are fine to continue in the US due to the rights deals agreed to date but as the DMCA doesn’t extend past the US, Pandora need to negotiate direct deals with the labels, publishers and acts to continue using the music – something they’ve been working on for over two years and hope in the hope of being able to resume service in the UK and Canada while gradually restoring transmission through Europe.
Reading the comments as well, the news has hit Pandora pretty hard, this comment coming from Tom Conrad (CTO)
I canâ€™t even begin to say what a disappointing outcome this is for us. Weâ€™ll continue to work with music rights holders with the goal of making Pandora a truly global service.
To those that have listened from outside the US, we thank you for your support and weâ€™ll look forward to the day when we can restore access â€” weâ€™ll take good care of your stations in the meantime.
Going to miss my Incubus Station, Zero 7 station, Alanis Morissette, Cary Brothers station and all the other stations I’ve built up of late.