How to Stream Music in Second Life

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Second Life is a huge online community with sprawling worlds to explore. Music, movies and web pages can be streamed into the game to share with other people, using in-game TVs and radios. Users can then chat and interact with the media. The whole game is almost completely customizable for someone with the time and energy. To stream music, a radio server must be set up, or an established online radio station can be used.

Things You'll Need

  • Second Life
  • Streaming radio

Shoutcast Server

  • Download and install the latest Shoutcast Server. Extract the files, create a shortcut and launch the program.

  • Find your IP address by opening "Command" through either the "Run" option in the "Start" menu or by double-clicking the file.

  • Type "Ipconfig" and press the "Enter" key. This will display your IP address. Close "Command."

  • Go back to the server and click the "Edit Config" menu option to open the server's configuration file. Set the maximum number of users you'd like, the password, port and IP address, then restart the server. You now have a Shoutcast server to stream music into the Internet.

Streaming Radio

  • Find a radio station you enjoy. Places to find online radio include Shoutcast, Sky.fm and Onweb.gr.

  • Right-click the link to the radio station and select "Save Target As." This will download the radio link file to your computer.

  • Open the file with a text editor such as notepad and view it's contents. You should see a URL such a "HTTP://40.56.88.120:8000." If you are using a server you have created, the URL will be your IP address and the server port you specified. Default is 8000. Copy this URL.

  • Go to Second Life and click "Preferences" located in the "Edit" menu. Then click the "Audio & Video" tab on the left hand side. Make sure "Play Streaming Music When Available" is checked. Also check "Play Media Automatically." Exit "Preferences."

  • Go to the top bar and click where the "Land Information" is displayed. This will bring up the "About Land" window.

  • Click the "Media" tab at the top of the window and locate the "Music URL" box. Paste here your music URL which points to your radio station. You are now streaming music in Second Life.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure you are the owner of the land parcel you are streaming to, or have the ability to modify it. Otherwise your music will not stream.
  • Only set as many users as you have bandwidth for. According to Nullsoft, makers of Shoutcast, about 5 users will eat up the bandwidth of a standard DSL line.
  • Never stream copyrighted music over the Internet. Internet radio stations now require licensing to stream. There is a large amount of Creative Commons and Copyright free music available on the web.

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