The last time I wrote a post about connecting to Pandora when you are outside the USA was just (sic) three years ago. Meanwhile a lot of things changed and Anonymox, the Firefox add-on and proxy service I suggested in 2012, it is not free now.
It happens but when my nephew asked me something similar and really intuitive to connect to Pandora I was in trouble… more in trouble than I could imagine…. In fact when I started to search something alternative, I found a lot of very good proxy add-ons for Firefox. It was a pleasure to discover some of them because they are technically well done and offer a lot of flexible features for privacy purpose. But this is not the topic of my post… for today.
After many unlucky trials, where I tested different add-ons that were not able to guarantee a minimal rate of usable connection, I found ProxMate .
ProxMate is an open-source, SSL proxy manager for real dummies. As Firefox add-on you can install it on your browser in just few clicks and then you practically don’t need to configure anything. The only requested thing after installation is to decide the websites and services you want to connect through ProxMate. The internet connection has a good speed rate and the music flows as silk through your Pandora account.
You can install ProxMate searching it through the add-on panel you find in Firefox or you can decide to directly open the link from the ProxMate website. After the installation ( no restart required) you have to find the “shark fin” icon into your Firefox bar. If you don’t find it immediately, you have to manage your icons and manually personalize the bar.
Then, click on ProxMate “my button” icon and select: “Install New Packages”. You are redirect to the ProxMate website where you can select Pandora or others interesting websites (e.g. Netflix, iHeart Radio, etc..) with specific IP restriction policies.
Now, you select your desired website/service and follow the instructions (click selection) that will appear on the screen to complete the installation.
Last but not least, don’t forget to click again on the ProxMate icon and enable the proxy service.
As usual, I recommend to NOT forget to disable ProxMate (as every other proxy server) when you don’t need to use it.
Oops, I forgot to say that ProxMate is free of charge……. Enjoy it!!
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