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Pandora Linux Client `Pithos` 1.0 Released, Install It In Ubuntu 14.04

Pithos, a Pandora.com Linux client, was updated to version 1.0 recently. With this release, Pithos was ported to Python 3, GTK3 and GStreamer 1.0 but that's not all that's new - there are also some new features as well as a new app icon.

Pithos Pandora client for Ubuntu

Pandora is a music streaming and recommendation service that's only available in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. You can use it in any other country with an US proxy, VPN or a DNS service such as Unlocator (for free alternatives, see the comments).

Pandora Plugin For Rhythmbox

Rhythmbox Pandora plugin

Pandora radio is a personalized internet radio service that helps you find new music based on your old and current favorites. You can create custom web radio stations and listen free - available only in the US.

I've recently came across a Pandora plugin for Rhythmbox that uses Pithos for accessing Pandora. While Pithos must be installed for the plugin to work, you don't have to run Pithos to use the Pandora Rhythmbox plugin.

The original plugin doesn't work with the latest Rhythmbox 0.13.2 and the author is currently traveling so he  can't fix it until February so I decided to try and fix it myself, even though I don't know Python and luckily I was able to get it to work with Rhythmbox 0.13.2. However, I'm not sure if it still works with older Rhythmbox versions, so if my fixed plugin doesn't work, try the original plugin.

Features and usage

The Pandora Rhythmbox plugin comes with the same features as Pithos: you can create or delete stations, love, ban, tired songs and so on.

Pithos Blocked By Pandora?!

Bad news for Pithos users (a Pandora.com client for Linux): WebUpd8 reader Nicholas A. Aronne sent us a tip about Pithos who seems to have stopped working today:

Pithos pandora blocked

So was Pithos blocked or is it just a Pandora API upgrade? We'll see. But the fact remains: you won't be able to use Pithos for now so you'll have to use the "flashy" Pandora.com website.

Update: pianobar (libpiano) is also currently broken so either libpiano (Pithos uses libpiano) was blocked or Pandora simply updated something which broke it. We'll keep you posted!

Update 2: A new Pithos version which fixes this issue has been uploaded to its PPA

Thanks to Nicholas A. Aronne for the tip and screenshot!

Pithos 0.2.0 Released With Indicator Applet Support (Pandora.com Linux Client)


Back in Februrary we were telling you about Pithos, a pandora.com Linux client which supports switching between stations, cover art, proxy and more. Pithos wasn't updated in a while but today a new Pithos (0.2.0) version has been uploaded to the Pithos PPA. Pithos 0.2.0 doesn't come with huge changes, just a lot of bug fixes (such as fixing fetching the cover art when behind a proxy), some tweaks to the user interface, bigger cover art and more.

[How-To] Listen to Pandora And Spotify Outside US / UK In Linux, Using TOR (With Country Specific Exit Nodes)

This is yet another guest post from RKV. We've seen how to get an invitation for free on Spotify UK and now that you have an account, you must log in using a UK proxy every 14 days or your account gets blocked.

To log in to Spotify (and while we're here, also for Pandora, with a different set of Exit Nodes) using an UK proxy, you'll have to configure TOR to use some specific exit nodes. Here is the exact step by step how-to for Linux (Ubuntu).