Pandora Shuts Lid on UK Music Service

Jan 11th, 2008 | By | Category: Digital Music, General

Pandora, the internet radio service of the “Music Genome Project,” has announced that it is discontinuing its service in the UK, effective January 15. Pandora lets users design their own streaming radio stations based on their musical preferences.

Pandora’s continued operations have been uncertain since mid-2007, when licensing body protests in North America and UK increased the company’s operating costs. In the US, Internet radio services are licensed under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA). Streaming music to other countries, on the other hand, has to be negotiated with the groups which represent the record labels, and the music publishers, on a country by country basis.

Beginning in May 2007, Pandora suspended operations outside the United States, except for in the UK. Pandora continued streaming music to Britain while trying to negotiate music licensing deals to keep the service open in that country.

Founder Tim Westergren said this week that the company cannot reach an agreement with music industry trade bodies over music licensing fees, adding that the licensing bodies’ rates “are far too high to allow ad-supported radio to operate” in the UK.

The company vows to “keep fighting for a fair and workable rate structure” that would enable it to restart operations in the UK.

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2 Responses to “Pandora Shuts Lid on UK Music Service”

  1. LinkFog says:

    And that’s the way the cookie crumble…

     
    I’m not much of a music fan. I enjoy listening to it while driving or whenever I’m doing boring and repetitive tasks. I enjoy silence.
    But I’m not that happy when the silence is imposed on me. I’m talking about Pand…

  2. music_explorer says:

    The music giants are so stuck in the past they’ll be starting up the 8 trak cartridge again soon !! In the uk you just don’t get the chance to hear other bands which aren’t on the playlist of every crumby station on this arse wiped little island we are so spoon fed ! Who do we email about it ? Surely if everyone who had pandora accounts mail the bosses at these companies they’d realise the potential market for new music over here. What is the difference in playing it in the uk and america. The americans pay less for the music in the shops than we do cos we’re british and rich – paass the caviar! Bring back pandora !

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