Pandora Radio Canada: A Step By Step Guide

I Love Pandora Radio CanadaPandora Radio Canada is the granddaddy of them all when it comes to streaming music online.

Their ambitious music genome project has been a massive undertaking and one that has resulted in a success online radio station that you seed with an artist or song and, magically, it plays hit after hit.

If you live in Canada and you’ve found this page we’re sure you’ve already seen this very sad image when trying to listen to Pandora Radio Canada.

Pandora restricted in Canada

DO NOT WORRY! In this guide we are going to show you that it is possible to listen to Pandora Radio in Canada or from anywhere around the world!

If you’ve ever experienced Pandora radio we don’t have to tell you how amazing it is… but for those of you who haven’t ever had the chance to let Pandora select songs based on what you like you’ll have to trust us that you’re missing out!

What Pandora radio does is something special. You start off by entering an artist, song or genres and based on your selection Pandora will navigate thorough the over 800,000 songs in their library to play you songs that are similar to what you entered.

You have the choice to give a song a “thumbs up” or a “thumbs down” which tells Pandora if they’re on the right track or not. Typically, after an hour or two of listening to your new Pandora Internet radio station it’s figured you out and is playing hit after hit! Seriously, the way most people describe their Pandora experience is as follows: I just keep saying “this is a GREAT song” every song it plays!

So, since you’re in Canada and Pandora is restricted to people living outside of the United States, what can you do to access the most amazing internet radio available? Well, here at HowToGetItInCanada.com we’ve figured out a great way to access Pandora Radio Canada (and around the world for that matter) and it’s as easy as 1-2-3!!!

Step 1: Get HMA

HMA offers the best and most affordable pro VPN service we could find! If that doesn’t mean anything to you, don’t worry! What a VPN (virtual private network) does is rather ingenious. When you connect to HMA’s Pro VPN service it establishes a secure internet connection between your internet provider and HMA’s VPN servers. By doing this, you can virtually reside in the USA making you able to access Pandora Internet Radio!

Step 2: Download HMA

Downloading HMA is a quick and easy process and works on Macs, PCs and even Linux. After you log into your HMA account you’re going to click “Download software” in the top left corner:

Download HMA

Next you’re going to launch HMA and tell it where you want to connect. We recommend selecting the “Random 10 closest servers base on geographical location” if you’re in Canada. If you’re elsewhere in the world we recommend you select “Random North America – United States of America”. All you need to do now to completely set up HMA is click “Connect to VPN”.

HMA Control Panel

Step 3: Listen to Pandora Radio Canada!

Now that you’re virtually residing in the United States you can simply visit www.pandora.com and start listening to the most amazing internet radio right away!

Here is a video recapping the steps you need to take in order to be able to listen to Pandora in Canada or wherever you are in the world. Pandora in Canada is simply amazing and we hope that you enjoy it!


(Or you can watch How To Get Pandora in Canada *With Proof* on YouTube)

Step 4: Wait! I thought you said “easy as 1-2-3″!?!?

You’re right, we did say that getting Pandora Radio Canada was “as easy as 1-2-3!!!” We’re hoping that if you found this guide educational and helpful you would please do us a huge favor and this page with your friends on Facebook. Trust us, your friends will thank you for letting them know that there is an easy way to get Pandora in Canada! Thanks!!!

The Bottom Line: It Rocks!

HMA costs less per month then a 20-piece chicken nugget meal and gives you access to Pandora’s extensive library of songs for free. Gone are the days of paying for music since you now have access to Pandora over the internet. It even works on your iPhone and iPad! Not only does using HMA to virtually reside in the USA grant you access to Pandora Radio Canada it will also allow you to watch full episodes of TV shows and thousands of movies online. We’ve even have had readers email us to tell us that by using HMA to virtually reside in the USA that they are saving $50-$125+ PER MONTH because they were able to cancel their expensive cable packages! AWESOME!!!

Pro Tip: Click here to save 43% on a one year subscription! HMA has a 30-day unconditional money back guarantee so we recommend you sign up for the entire year to lock in the 43% discount! If you’re not 100% satisfied, just cancel it and get your money back! No hard feelings. If we were in the betting business… we’d bet that once you try it you’re going to LOVE IT!

Don’t miss these great guides to enhance your Pandora Radio Canada experience:

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Ethan Montgomery March 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm

You have no idea how much you have made my day! I listen to Pandora at work and it makes my boring job go by so much quicker. This is awesome.

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Brent September 18, 2012 at 11:30 am

Glad it makes your day go by faster it makes mine go by quicker as well :)

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Robert Little March 5, 2012 at 4:07 pm

I can’t believe I can get Pandora in Canada! Thank you for sharing this… I always thought I’d be stuck paying for music.

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Courtney Scott July 17, 2012 at 12:45 pm

This. Is. The. Best. Guide. Ever! As I write this I’m rocking out to my new Justin Bieber radio station! Awesome!

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Brent September 18, 2012 at 11:30 am

Got to love the Biebs!

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Tim July 20, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Thanks to a friend of mine I found your site. Now I’m getting Pandora in Canada and am also blown away by the amount of free content I can now access on Hulu too! I’m thinking about canceling my cable now.

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Jim Stevens August 1, 2012 at 9:17 am

I have been trying to figure out a way to Get Pandora here in Toronto since I was introduced to it by a friend while I was on vacation in California. I am now officially rocking out to Pandora in Canada! Thanks for the heads up on the special they are running right now too. Saving a little bit of cash never hurts anyone. Thanks!

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Brent September 18, 2012 at 11:31 am

Rock on Jim!

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Aaron McGreggor August 26, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Awesome! I got this set up in just a few minutes and am not rocking out to Pandora from Edmonton, Alberta!

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Brent September 18, 2012 at 11:31 am

Stay warm up there in Edmonton this winter! Also, enjoy some holiday music on Pandora. We recommend you give Spotify a try too. Check it out.

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Jeremy November 26, 2012 at 5:26 am

Visiting CAN from USA for a few days… did not realize you guys do not have access to Pandora unless you go through these steps. Bummer. Guess I will blame Canada!

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Brent November 27, 2012 at 12:56 am

Jeremy, I actually can’t believe it’s been this long without a “blame Canada” comment!

Accessing Pandora in Canada is just one of the many benefits of HMA including a secure and anonymous internet connection which can keep you safe when using sketchy wifi connections.

If you’re going to need to rely on using public wifi while in Canada (or even just use the one at your local Starbucks) you should consider adding HMA to your security tool box.

Enjoy Canada!

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Ron December 18, 2012 at 9:13 pm

It’s to bad that the Canadian music rights societies & the Copyright Board of Canada want Pandora to pay 45% of its gross Canadian revenues if they were to establish themselves in Canada.
45% percent of gross revenues! Talk about unheralded greed.
So now they force all Canadian music lovers to purchase or even find a vpn services so they can listen to Pandora, and the Canadian Recording Industry Association (who are also responsible for not allowing Pandora in Canada) will receive $0 revenue from Canadians who listen to Pandora anyway. Does this make any sense?
People in this generation (esp the younger generation) are very tech Savvy. They will and can find a way to reciver Pandora radio in Canada or anywhere else in the world for that matter. The Canadian Recording Industry Association better wake up. Lower the license fees for Pandora. There are thousands of Canadians getting Pandora because of their business practices. Some money is better than NO money!

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Brent December 20, 2012 at 12:00 am

Ron, Thanks for your passionate comment! I agree with you, it’s too bad that the “powers that be” don’t change their stance and make it economically feasible for Pandora to be offered to Canadians without the use of a VPN.

In the mean time we can all enjoy Pandora thanks to HMA!

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Darrell December 20, 2012 at 5:28 am

Question. If I sign up here, will I be able to receive the service in my car? I have a new Alpine Pandora ready car stereo, will it work in that?

Thanks,
Darrell

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Brent December 20, 2012 at 11:43 am

Darrell, I do not think you will be able to and here is why:

HMA needs to be installed on the device that is trying to access Pandora. I don’t know of any ways to get HMA onto an Alping Pandora ready car stereo.

What you can do, is put HMA onto your iPhone or other smartphone and then stream Pandora over 3G and connect your phone to your car’s audio system. Most newer cars have a simple Aux-in cable port.

Sorry I didn’t have better news, but using your phone with HMA and connecting that to your car is very easy and effective! You can learn more about this method in this guide: How to Listen to Pandora in Canada on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

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glenn January 4, 2013 at 10:52 am

Recently Canada has begun tracking downloading activities with an eye to persecute individuals in the same fashion they do in the US. Is it possible to use HMA to disguise my Canadian IP address when using file sharing sites such as Pirate Bay?

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Brent January 6, 2013 at 2:26 pm

HMA does encrypt your internet connection but I, obviously, can’t recommend doing anything illegal while using it.

With HMA you can access the US Netflix library, Hulu, Hulu Plus, etc. There should be enough content available there that you don’t need to pirate.

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Sharon May 1, 2013 at 11:29 am

Thank you so much for this information! I got HMA, and now have Pandora running on my computer. However, I want to listen to it on my stereo like I do when I am in the U.S., could you kindly tell me how can I do that?
Thank you so much!
Sharon

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Brent May 1, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Do you have a smart phone? If so you can use this guide on how to listen to Pandora on your smartphone in Canada and then connect your smart phone to your stereo with a mini-to-mini auxiliary cable.

Other than that… I don’t think there is a great way. Unless your stereo connects to your internet connection through wifi. If it does you can use a DD-WRT enabled router where you will install HMA. Then your stereo will connect to the special router and you stereo will be virtually residing in the USA.

Hope this helps :)

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Sharon May 6, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Brent, thank you so much for your help, and for all the included links – very helpful! I can’t seem to get Pandora running on my iPhone. Not sure what the PPTP IP Address is supposed to be. Thank you.
Sharon

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Brent May 6, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Sharon,

Here is the guide on how to set up Pandora on your iPhone: http://www.howtogetitincanada.com/how-to-get-pandora-in-canada/how-to-listen-to-pandora-in-canada-on-your-iphone/

You will need to log into your HMA account to get the PPTP IP address.

Check out the guide I linked to above and let me know if you need any help.

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Sharon May 8, 2013 at 7:44 pm

When I open the HMA pop up box, it has Dashboard, IP address settings, etc., but I do not see where it says what the PPTP is. And I do not see where I put the PPTP in on my iPhone.
There is a page on my iPhone that says L2TP, PPTP and IPSec at the top. I have PPTP highlighted and everything filled in on that page, is that what you are referring to?
Thank you so much for your help.
Sharon

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Brent May 9, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Sharon, you need to log into your HMA account to get the PPTP IP address and special password.

Take a look at this guide on how to setup HMA on your iPhone so you can listen to Pandora: http://www.howtogetitincanada.com/how-to-get-pandora-in-canada/how-to-listen-to-pandora-in-canada-on-your-iphone/

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