They say that video killed the radio star but I have never really thought that was true. I’ve always found I work better with the radio on. My problem is that the radio stations almost never actually play the music I like. Justin Bieber might be a Canadian but that does not mean we all like him and my style happens to be a little more old school.
A while back I took a trip to see a buddy in the US. He has very similar tastes in music to mine and when I as sitting in his living room I couldn’t help but notice that the radio station he had playing on his computer was playing all the stuff we liked. I never knew that US radio was so cool! I was going to have to try and find this station when I got home!
Then I Got the Bad News
Turns out that in Canada I wouldn’t be able to. My buddy explained that he was using a free internet based service called Pandora. Basically you tell this thing what music you like and not only does it then play it but it creates an entire ‘radio station’ of similar music using something called the ‘music genome.’
This Pandora Thing Was Smart
This ‘music genome’ apparently uses 400 different musical attributes to match and group songs and artists together based on your original selection. You can create as many different “stations’ as you like and listen for as long as you like, free of charge. It was one of the coolest things I’d come across online for ages, but I wasn’t going to be able to get it at home.
Except that turned out not to be quite true. Desperate to find a way to listen to Pandora in Canada an internet search led me to Blockless. And this really was THE best thing I’d found online, well since I found Pandora.
To cut a long story short Blockless gives you Internet without borders. It lets me listen to Pandora. It was so easy to set up my cat could have done it and now I am never forced to listen to anything I don’t like on the radio.
This isn’t a secret I should keep to myself though so I decided to write this little tutorial:
Step 1: Click here you’ll be headed off to the Blockless website . When you get to the site you can see all of the great options available to members, including of course Pandora.
Step 2: Next, all you need to do is enter your email, pick a password and then hit Sign Up.
Step 3: Once that is done are given easy instructions to set up Blockless on all the devices you want to use it on – PC, Mac, XBox 360, PS3 etc. It just takes a minute and then you can begin listening (and watching) right away.
It is really that simple. And Pandora is not all that Blockless gives me access to. There are lots of other options available including great internet TV services like US Netflix and US Hulu.
Now that you’ve read this go and give it a try for yourself and then don’t forget to come back and tell me what you think.