Pandora and other U.S.-based streaming music services have long since slammed the doors on its international listeners. Its not as if the internet radio stations had a choice. Rather, the xenophobic restrictions are the result of U.S. and international copyright laws and restrictions.
Pandora is reportedly working out international licensing deals. As Tim Westerberg writes in a message to international users, “the pace of global licensing is hard to predict, but we have the ultimate goal of being able to offer our service everywhere.”
So how are intercontinental rockers going to dance to Pandora’s sweet tunes in the mean time?
Well one solution is to mask your identity by using a proxy server. Pandora blocks users by non-U.S. IP addresses. If you connect to a server in the U.S. and use it as an internet providing middle-man between your PC and Pandora, Pandora won’t know the difference. To Pandora’s servers, you look like you are the middle-man. Proxies make it possible to rock out to Pandora from anywhere in the world.
Using a proxy to access restrictive web applications on foreign soil isn’t just for Pandora. There are web proxies for every state in the United States and almost any country around the world. Hiding behind a proxy’s IP means access to foreign music stores and other web sites normally blocked to your area. You can even simulate foreign access, or out-of-LAN access, to your own web projects by utilizing proxies.
So how do you use a proxy? Put on your dancing shoes and let’s dig into the wonderful world of proxies.
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