Listening to Pandora from outside the US
Filed under: Anonymity
I was using Pandora for more than a year while working in the UK and I was really sad when I found out that I had to stop using it when I moved to Greece due to licensing constraints.
I didn’t give up. I did some research on proxy servers and web anonymity and I was really happy to discover a cool set of tools that could do the job. Those tools are FoxyProxy (firefox addon), Tor & Vidalia (it is included in Tor).
Installation and Setup is simple and it takes a few minutes if you follow the steps below.
After installing the above tools I had to run Vidalia (which is basically a controller UI for Tor) have a look at the network and select a few available US servers with decent latency.
Then I had to add those servers to the torrc configuration file which can be accessed from the Start menu (\Start \Programs\Vidalia Bundle\Tor). Please not that the first 3 lines in the following notepad screen-grab are actually 1 since word wrap in on.
The last thing I had to do was to configure FoxyProxy and add the following patterns:
After finishing all the above steps I was able to listen to my favourite radio stations. My next goal is to access BBC’s iPlayer from Greece. 🙂
If you have any questions please feel free to post a comment.
Tags: Anonymity, foxyproxy, pandora, tor, vidalia