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?