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Even though you used to be able to use Pandora Radio outside the US, the company eventually shut down access to international users back in 2007. And in 2017, the platform terminated its services in Australia and New Zealand – its last two international markets – likely because their CEO stepped down, and they had to reduce their costs.
So, you can only use the service in the US now. If you try to connect to the website from any other place, you’ll just get the following message:
“Pandora isn’t available where you are… yet.“
That “yet” is hopeful, but it’s not much. Waiting around ten years until the executives decide to make Pandora Radio available in your country isn’t worth it.
But what can you do? Geo-restrictions prevent you from using the service by blacklisting your geo-location.
Don’t give up hope just yet – there are ways to bypass them.
A Smart DNS is an online service that replaces your original DNS address (which can leak your geo-location) with the address of a dedicated DNS server. The Smart DNS provider will then use multiple proxy servers to unblock specific websites for you.
What’s more, the service will also intercept your connection requests to Pandora Radio, and replace any info found in them that can reveal your geo-location with data that points to a place in the US.
The best thing about using a Smart DNS is that it doesn’t encrypt your traffic. Because of that, there’s no risk of your download speeds going down.
With a proxy, you can easily hide your IP address to bypass geo-restrictions. Just use a proxy server in the US, and you’re good to go.
Plus, a proxy server has a local caching ability. That means the server can save website pages on its local cache. Whenever you request a page the proxy saved, it will deliver it faster to you.
A VPN is an online service you can use to hide your IP address. Unlike a proxy server, it offers stronger encryption that lets you better protect your traffic and data. Also, it increases your odds of bypassing bandwidth throttling.
To unblock Pandora Radio with a VPN, all you need to do is connect to a US-based VPN server. Once you do that, the server replaces your IP address with its own address, so Pandora will think you’re sending connection requests from the US.