I’ve been a Pandora devotee ever since discovering it during my cyber-vagabond days. The devotion was severely disrupted when Pandora restricted access to its services only to US residents. The other thing that caused endless trouble was its utter crappy Flash-laced interface. It needed a facelift for many years, but the people behind the service seemed to look elsewhere. To make matters worse, there were some near-fatal threats to the service owing to licensing issues, but that’s thankfully a resolved issue…and things have looked promising ever since.
But the real rescue to Pandora’s horrendously ugly looks happened with the advent of HTML5, a technology that the whole world is going gaga over. Pandora junked Flash for HTML5 and the new look is a real stunner. If looks could kill, this must be it.
The other pleasant thing to have happened to the music service is that it’s accessible from UK, though this might simply be an anomaly Pandora could mend soon. Nowhere in the blog release have the developers touted the lifting of geographical restrictions. If this is indeed not accidental, my initial thrill will last a lot longer. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!