Pandora is one the easiest ways to listen to your favorite artists and discover new ones without paying a penny. The free radio streaming service is the top downloaded music app in the world and continues to grow everyday. They also provide a premium service that allows you to skip tracks and listen to music on repeat. However, Pandora is only accessible within the United States, which limits many music lovers that are interested in the app/service.
The question is how can you listen to Pandora outside of the U.S? Will I kinda stumbled upon this solution by accident. I had downloaded a Google Chrome extension called MediaHint so I can watch Hulu from anywhere. The extension doesn’t slow down your internet speed, nor does it rely on proxy to hide your location. It simply gives the impression that you are within the United States, thus giving you access to once-restricted websites and services.
However, what I didn’t know was that the extension allowed me to access not only restricted websites like Hulu, but also MTV, VH1 and other services that stream video but are not accessible to users outside of the United States.
I was curious if I could listen to Pandora as well and simply put – you can.
How to Listen to Pandora Outside of the United States
- First you will need to go to http://mediahint.com and download the extension for either Google Chrome or Firefox browser. The instructions to download and install the extension is straightforward, so I won't bother with the details.
- Once you have installed the extension head over to Pandora.com. Once on the site you will need to register for a free account. In some cases you will be presented with a message indicating that you don't have ability to use Pandora due to your location. If this is message presents itself, close the browser and open it up again. This is where you will see if the extension is working or not. If you are able to register with Pandora that means the extension is working properly and you will have access to the free radio streaming service.
- Go ahead and register as a user and start playing music right away.
This solution only works on laptops and desktop computers. Unfortunately, you will not be able to access Pandora on your mobile phone until there is an extension/app for MediaHint or a service similar to it.
There are various other methods that allow you to access Pandora outside of the U.S. Most of these methods relay on VPN services and changing your IP address. You can also use services like Unblock-Us to access Pandora as well, but that will cost you a monthly subscription fee.
As of now, I believe this is the most secure and quickest way to access Pandora from anywhere for free without the hassle of setting up or changing proxies. If you’re having issues with the solution let me know in the comments below.