Pandora, the music recommendation service that uses human-input information to describe songs and bands (“syncopated beats”, “guitar solos”, etc.), gave up on its bid to offer its service outside the U.S. They couldn’t get a licensing deal done with the big music labels to make it happen. Big bummer. Music fans worldwide will miss out. I still prefer Last FM, which uses listener statistics to recommend music (“You like this band; I listened to this band and also that band, so you might also like that band”), so all is not lost for me even if I did live outside the states. The labels are not smart for failing to recognize that Pandora actually helps them sell records. It’s an amazing concept — people listen to music, then they want to buy it. Not smart indeed.