Pandora is now US-only
Maybe I’m still angry at being one of the billions living in an area not covered by iTunes but enough is enough. Pandora is the latest victim of the recording industry’s complete inability to deal with the internet as a single market. As of May 3rd, it has only been available from within the US which means hordes of stranded international listeners (and music buyers.)
This whole international media divide really gets to me. Book publishers benefit from selling globally but the media industry (video, music, games, etc…) throws a hissy fit every time it sees its products seeping into unregulated territories. You can deliver globally, now start selling globally — no geographic restrictions, no staggered release dates, one single price. Wouldn’t that be great user experience?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Carrie Spates is an Associate VP of Design at Siteworx, an award-winning digital experience agency with deep roots in experience design, web content management, e-commerce, digital asset management, and systems integration. She leads interaction design teams across the country, creating world-class experiences that validate the value, design, and usability of customer experiences while ensuring coherence of services and digital strategy across all digital platforms. Carrie is a champion of design ideas and a dedicated mentor to creative teams, supporting a collaborative approach to cross disciplines.
Matt has over five years of IT experience with specialization in user experience and user interface design. His project/industry experience includes: financial services, telecom, retail, pharmaceutical, utilities, chemicals, healthcare, and government. He is experienced with system implementation projects with responsibilities including concept development through implementation, testing, and go-live. He has specific expertise conducting user research, creating innovative designs, and setting strong usability standards. Before coming to Siteworx, Matt worked for LexisNexis as a Senior Product Designer where he was responsible for promoting user experience within an overall structure of deliverables that integrated the recommendations of the project team regarding user experience.