Updated – March 10th, 2016
Heads up: The program I use to unblock Pandora in Europe is called ExpressVPN. To learn more about ExpressVPN, continue reading this post or visit ExpressVPN.com. Please leave me a comment if you have any questions 🙂
If you’ve ever traveled to or currently live in Europe then you might know that Pandora isn’t available outside the United States. Huge bummer, I know! If you try to access Pandora.com you’ll be greeted with a nice little message from the CEO that looks a little something like this.
Don’t worry though, I’ve got some good news for you. Thanks to a little internet magic, it’s extremely easy to unblock and start listening to Pandora in Europe and I’m going to show you how to just that in this post. Keep reading!
Pandora uses a technical process known as geo-targeting to restrict users from accessing their service outside the United States. The reason for this is because the company has standing agreements with music copyright holders that force them into this compliance. Therefore, when you try to access Pandora from Europe, or anywhere else in the world, they’re able to detect exactly where you are in the world thanks to your IP address.
To access Pandora from outside the US, we’re actually going to need a US IP address. Changing our IP address to a US IP address will bypass the geo-targeting and allow us to access and listen to Pandora radio as if we were in fact in the USA.
Now that we know that we need to change our IP address to unblock and listen to Pandora in Europe, we need to find a way to change our IP address. The easiest way, by far, to change your IP address is to use a Virtual Private Network or VPN.
If you don’t know what a VPN is there’s no need to worry as they’re incredibly easy to setup and use (no technical skills required). If you want a more in-depth explanation of what a VPN is and how it works I encourage you to read a post I wrote called “What is a VPN?”
I’ll be the first to tell you that there are a lot of options out there when it comes to picking a VPN service provider. I should know because I’ve tried a bunch of them. There are a few good ones, a bunch of bad ones, and many more horrible ones. I highly encourage you to do your due diligence and read reviews before deciding on a VPN software.
Personally, I use and recommend ExpressVPN. I’ve been using the software for close to two years and I have zero complaints. The customers service at the company is great and the software works extremely well.
Here are two posts I wrote on why I decided to use ExpressVPN:
ExpressVPN is incredibly easy to install and setup (under 5 minutes). It works on Mac, Linux, and Windows operating systems as well.
Questions? Comments? Drop me a note in the comment section below and I’ll be happy to reply!