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Use HTTPS Everywhere To Unblock Pandora Radio

5 Mar/12

Pandora Radio at the very beginning was accessible to users from all over the world. This changed drastically soon thereafter though as the service started to lock out users left and right. Only visitors from the United States can access Pandora Radio right now directly. Everyone else interested in the service has to resort to virtual private networks, web proxies or Firefox extensions to bypass the restrictions.

Pandora Radio is a free service that is supported by advertisement. Users can sign up for a premium account for an ad free experience.

Amit over at Digital Inspiration has discovered that the HTTPS Everywhere security extension unblocks Pandora Radio for everyone. The extension has been designed to enforce https usage on sites that support the technology to improve overall user security on the Internet.

When you visit https://www.pandora.com/ you are redirected to the http version of the page if you are not living in a support country. HTTPS Everywhere seems to somehow enforce the https connection which does not lock out users if they are originating in an unsupported country.

It is not clear how long this is going to last, as it is likely that Pandora will put an end to this fairly quickly. For now though, you can access Pandora from blocked countries.

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The HTTPS Everywhere extension is available for both the Firefox and Google Chrome web browser. It is only available at the EFF site, and not at the official add-on repositories. Firefox users need to restart their browser, Chrome users can make use of its functionality right away.

A visit to http://www.pandora.com/ redirects the request to the https version automatically. From there, you can use all of the site’s functionality. Keep in mind though that you will see a registration form at some time before you can continue listening to music on Pandora. Registration is free though and should not take longer than a minute.

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