Turntable.fm Now Blocking International Users

We were pretty taken with music discovery service Turntable.fm, but unfortunately it has turned down a familiar path for media apps: blocking users from outside the US.

Danny at Gizmodo reports that the service has now disappeared for all international users, due to "licensing constraints". We've seen that happen with many other online music services, so it's not exactly surprising; let's hope that it manages to overcome those issues eventually.

This is also a good chance to point out to anyone who hasn't already heard that Danny is the new Australian editor of Gizmodo, our gadget-obsessed sibling site. Make him feel welcome by saying g'day on Gizmodo's Whitenoise open thread.

Turntable.fm Blocked In Australia [Gizmodo]


Comments

    Hi there, is it also true that Lifehacker.com is blocked to Australian users?

    Just askin'...

      No, not true. Visitors from Australian IP addresses to lifehacker.com are redirected to lifehacker.com.au (since the material there is more relevant to Australian audiences. However, you can access the US site at us.lifehacker.com, and individual articles on .com aren't redirected.

    *reaches for proxy and/or vpn* if I actually used the service that is.

    I doubt that they'll overcome the issues, all you can do is be thankful that we ever had it to start off with. Netflix please.

    Yeah it’s beyond the point of being purile corporate shit-head-ism.

    Even happens on Youtube;

    “How to dig a hole in the ground”….

    “Fry a steak in a frypan”…..

    “Do a wee on a tree”….

    “Sorry due to copyright restrictions, this video cannot be viewed in your location”.

    I never had any respect for copyright, regional restrictions or DRM…..

    It was mainly because of the fucking crap that went along with it, and the iron fisted arseholes and idiots that tried to enforce it.

    “Ooooo RIP a CD and play it on your computer AND your MP3 player – Ooooo NO you don’t”.

    “Photocopy more than one page a day from a book at the library – Oooo NO you don’t”

    Listen to music on the radio while you drive a truck, well a truck is a work place – and you must pay a fee or Oooooo NO you don’t”

    Buy and play DVD’s from around the world – We will do a DRM regional encoding and fuck with your DVD player, so Ooooooo NO you can’t.

    I am now a firm believer in going beyond instant gratification and "If you want music - make yourself learn to read, write and play it, then get together for sing alongs..

    Stick mops on your heads and wear ladies pantyhose and do a play like Hamlet.

    There is also so much free and great content...

    Unsigned artists etc. Go see a live show, or make an album yourself.

    There are so many alternatives to these corporate arseholes and their cradle to the grave nazi-ism bullshit.

    A tweet from Turntable.fm says:
    "To all our international friends, we're sorry you can't use turntable right now due to licensing constraints. Trying to get you back in asap"

    Quite vague-they don't even mention which countries they may need to get licensing for.

    Angus says "Visitors from Australian IP addresses to lifehacker.com are redirected to lifehacker.com.au (since the material there is more relevant to Australian audiences. However, you can access the US site at us.lifehacker.com..."

    Disagree 100%

    If I want to visit Lifehacker.com.au I can enter the .au myself. The "US" redirect almost never works. My guess this is deliberate.

    The Lifehacker.com.au people are ruining my lifehacker experience.

    I love lifehacker.com but don't care for lifehacker.com.au at all.

      It's certainly not deliberate -- but as we don't control the redirection (that happens from the US), getting it fixed takes time, and changes to DNS also propagate through different ISPs at different speeds.

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