Well I guess it was just a matter of time before Pandora started blocking people outside the US instead of just simply counting on people’s honesty to provide their true zip-code and not just a random US one to fake their way in.
Dear Pandora Visitor,
We are deeply, deeply sorry to say that due to licensing constraints, we can no longer allow access to Pandora for most listeners located outside of the U.S. We will continue to work diligently to realize the vision of a truly global Pandora, but for the time being we are required to restrict its use. We are very sad to have to do this, but there is no other alternative.
We believe that you are in Japan (your IP address appears to be 121.xxx.xxx.xxx). If you believe we have made a mistake, we apologize and ask that you please contact us at email@example.com
It’s really too bad, because it’s simply a brilliant service – I wish they would speed up the licensing agreement proceedings in different parts of the world, but even then, I guess Japan will be very very late. I mean, even Last.fm in Japan blocks the radio function (although using the English client and English homepage in Japan works fine). Anyway, I just signed up for Last FM and it looks pretty darn good. I tried it for a few days a year ago or so, but didn’t like, but now the user base seems to be much bigger and the features of the site and the standalone player have been improved greatly!
It’s time to present a list of the greatest things I found on the Internet in 2006. Is it a reocurring column if it is only the second time I do it? Well, I plan to continue doing it, so I guess you can call it that.
- The Best Blonde Joke Ever
Well there is not much more to say about this than click the link and enjoy. A modern classic!
- Toy Story Meets Requiem For A Dream
There were many mashups and re-edited movie trailers surfacing in 2006 after the amazing success of The Shining Redux, but none blew my mind like this one.
- Line Rider
Simple but ingenious game which, if you are not careful, will occupy all your sparetime for the next few days. After playing a while, you might think you are getting good at it, but, think again!
- SNL Dick in a Box
Justin TImberlake guest stars in a recent SNL episode and among other fairly good sketches, he stars in one of the most fabulous SNL productions in a long time (not up to Narnia standard, but close!)
- The Evolution of Dance
Old but gold! You simply cannot watch this enough times… It never gets boring!
Yeah, so this did not launch in 2006, I know, but I didn’t realize it’s amazingness until a bit into the year. It is an Internet-jukebox so to speak, which lets you create custom radio channels based on your favorite songs or artists. Via a wide range of algorithms, it finds similar music that you might enjoy (in most cases it’s pretty good!
A great mix of mainstream media news and user-submitted news & commentary. The user-submitted stories are fairly USA-centered, but overall makes for a really good news site.
Netvibes is an AJAX online desktop or startpage, sort of similar to Google’s personal startpage etc. but it offers so much more than the Google/Yahoo variety. I find it handles various types of RSS feeds better than Google, and there are more customization options. What it is lacking is perhaps some of the “gadgets” that are available to Google users.
By the way, here is a link to last year’s list: Best stuff I found on the Internet 2005.