Owning and Renting Land

Introduction

You have the option of either buying or renting land. You need a Premium Account in order to buy land. In order to rent land, all you need is a Basic Account.

Buying land

You can own up to 512 m2 and not pay anything more than the cost of the land (again, you do need a Premium Account). If you own more than 512 m2, then you will pay a monthly fee called “tier”, depending on how much you own. You may also rent land (sometimes with or without houses and furnishings) from land owners. In all cases, prices vary so shop around. However, I highly suggest exploring SL for at least one month before committing to buying land, but do rent if so inclined as most rentals are weekly.

You can buy mainland or an Island. You can buy mainland either privately from an individual or by way of auction (see below). You can (usually) only buy an Island with complete ownership from Linden Lab. If you “buy” an Island from a private individual, they can revoke land ownership rights. There are cases where an Island purchase can be transferred to you via purchase. Know the difference.

Regardless, when you own land of more than 512 m2, no matter what kind of land, you WILL pay monthly tier fees to Linden Lab. Leasing or renting land from a private individual means you only pay the landlord/lady (owner).

You can search for private land to buy via the [Search] button on the bottom of your screen and the [Land Sales] tab.

You can also buy an entire sim on auction: http://secondlife.com/auctions/ But this can be pricey and the monthly tier fees likewise expensive.

The real commodity is not land, but prims. All items (houses, furnishings, toys etc.) require prims and the more prims at your disposal, the more items you can set up. Buyer beware when shopping — you’ll quickly value high quality and low prim items. Budget about 100 prims for each room in a house (easily). Unfortunately, running out of prims also leads to impulse buying and often a raise in tier fees 😉

Renting land

For most individuals, renting land that personally appeals is the most cost effective option. There are many benefits to renting including: (1) often cheaper than buying and paying tier, (2) the flexibility of moving if the region no longer appeals, (3) a furnished rental residence precludes the need for you to spend money on furnishings.

Unfortunately there are also some negatives that involve con artists. Ensure the person you are renting from has been in SL for some time and that they are dedicated to providing rentals. Check their profile, ask for references, speak with other residents who rent from them.

Be very careful about “buying” Island property. Unlike mainland, you do not own the Island property you purchase (unless you buy an entire Island). The owner of the Island can set you out on the street, so to speak, and this happens all too often with Island rentals where you are asked to “buy” property and then pay a rental fee.

Making money with land

And finally, a word on making money with your land. You possibly won’t. There are dozens of malls, hundreds of rentals, numerous clubs and so forth. Buy land for your enjoyment and have your own money to support it. If you do wish to try and make money with land ownership, do your research and provide something unique and top quality. Themed malls and quality rentals will attract more persons.

Additional Resources (directly from the Second Life Forums)

Radio / Audio Streams

Introduction

So you have rented a place or bought some land and wish to change the audio stream. Click on World> About Land> Media. Under Music URL: use any of the following, plus whatever you may find elsewhere (i.e. shoutcast). Audio streams can disappear, so be prepared for this possibility.

The List

This list is provided courtesy of Lindal Kidd. (Note: many of these streams may not be available, and neither is Lindal Kidd’s list. You can search Google for the name of the stream, and maybe you will find something.)

WeFunk

radio.wazee

1.AB-SoulfulClassicJazz

1.FM – Blues

1.FM – Channel X

1.FM Chillout Lounge

1.FM Jamz

1.FM-Country

1.FM-Flashback

1920s Radio Network

1-RaDioNIMBOODA.com

2Believe-Spanish

3WK Classic Underground

3WK Classic Undergroundradio

8 0 ‘s H o t M i x

808 Live Reggaecast

808 Live Reggaecast

90.7 KWMU-FM

977 80s

ABS Bluescast

Absolute Technoise Radio

Always Country

Angel Fire Radio WDDT Rock & Roll

Bassdrive

Bay Smooth Jazz

BeatBlender

Beatles Radio – Fab Four & More

Belly Up 4 Blues

BIGUPRADIO.COM Slamming Dancehall Reggae

Black Dog Radio

BlackBeats.FM

BlackJam-Radio.de

BlueClassic

Blues On Air

Blues Radio UK

Bollywood Music Radio

Bollywood.mu

Boot Liquor

Breaks

Canal creole

ChroniX Aggression

Classic Electronica

Classic Heartland

Classic Soul Network

Classical Minnesota

Classical WGBH 89.7-HD2

COCORADIO.COM

Country-Heartland PUBRadio

Cowboy Cultural

CRC Hard Rocking 80’s

Cryosleep

Deep Mix Moscow Radio

DEFJAY HIP-HOP AND R&B

DigitalGunfire-Hard Hitting

DIGITALLY-IMPORTED

Dinner Jazz Excursion

Diva Radio

Drum & Bass

ELVISMEN-SALSA

FLARESOUND

FREQUENCE3-Paris France!

Fun Radio – Soul&Dance

Funk HiQ

GothVille Radio

Groove Salad

HAPPYDAY

HAPPYDAY*New Age

HBR1-Dream Factory

Hiphop Philosophy

HOUSEMUSIQUE

idobi Radio-Alternative

KEXP Live

KGRL

Khaha.com

kinkfm.com

KOQX Blues Radio

KXPR Radio-Classical

La Radio de La Mer

Led Jam Radio

Limbik Frequencies

LiveHardRock.com

LOUNGE-RADIO

M3MUSIC Classical

MAGNATUNE.COM

Megarock Radio

Memories 89 One KCEA-FM

MIZIKRADIO

MKM RADIO

Mountain Apple Company

MPEGRadio.Com

mth.Alternative

Music Massage

Music One

Nashville FM

NPS Output Webradio

OLDIES45.NL-50s60s70s80s

One Dot FM

ORSRADIO-Best Latin Hits!

Otto’s Baroque Musick

Pegajosa

Pirate Cat Radio

Prolocation:IranianRadio

PulsRadio

Puro Reggaeton

Radio Netherlands

Radio Paradise

Radio Rivendel

radio.wazee

Radio700-Schlager und Oldies

RadioDarvish-Persian

RadioJackie-London

Radiophile

RadioReggaeton

Radioseven

RaDioTEENTAAL

RAGGAKINGS

Random Loveline-Talk

Reggaetoneando-Peru

ROMANTICA FM

ROOSTER CLASSIC COUNTRY

rootsrockreggae

SALSASTREAM-Best Salsa

Secret Agent-Downtempo

SKY.FM – Modern Jazz

SKY.FM COUNTRY

SKY.FM-Classic Rap &HipHop

SKY.FM-Roots Reggae

SKY-Class&Flamenco Guitar

SLBC-Classical/Talk-Newstalk

SLBR-R & B/Hip Hop-R&B Favorites

SLCC-Christian Contemporary

SLCR-Classic Rock-Classic Rock

Sleepbot

SLFY-Oldies-Oldies

SLKY-Hot Country-Cat Country

SLLT-Lite Favorites

SLMX-Top Forty-Mix

SLTO-Techno/Dance-Dance

SLXG-Alternative-The X

Smoothbeats.com

SMOOTHJAZZ.COM

SmoothLounge

Soft N Easy Net Radio

Spirit of KJAZ-San Fran.

Star104

Steel Radio

stream/radioio_country_free_hi,Radio Country

Swiss Inet Radio-Classical

Swiss Inet Radio-Opera

Swiss Inet Radio-swing

Techno4ever Radio

TechnoBase.FM

TELLSTREAM DANCEHALL(UK)

The AfriRythms

The Classic Soul Network

The Current

The EDGE ROCKS!!

This Is Corrosion

TOSSM RADIO

UrbanSoulNation

We Met In Classics

Whole Wheat Radio

WKSU Classical Channel

WNYC2 Classical

XLTRAX.COM

XTC.RADIO.LONDON

TELLSTREAM DANCEHALL(UK)

 

RL Streams:

Live Ireland

Pagan Radio

Collegia Religio

Sarah Nerd’s choice (Jazz)

Folk WUMB

1.FM Otto’s Baroque Musick

unknown. Was in Highlands property.

Kamillah Hauptman suggested for Primverness

Plays in Tanglewood

Albannach

Unknown

Plays in Heroes Club

 

SL Streams:

Radio Riel

Radio Riel, Brideswell Stream

Caledon Independent Radio

Radio Linden

October Country

Steamworks

Antiquity Music Academy

Fuzzball Ortega

Glineux

Classical

Alternative Rock

Ambient

Baroque

Blues

Chamber Music

Children

Choral

Christian

Classical After 1800

Darkwave

Downtempo

Electronica

Euro-Techno

Experimental

Flute

Folk

Folk-Rock

Funk

Hard Rock

Harpsichord

Indian

Industrial

Jazz

Latin

Medieval

Metal

Middle Eastern

New Age

Opera

Orchestral

Piano

Pop

Progressive

Punk

Rock

Techno

Thrash Metal

Vocal

World

Other (possibly off-line)

Electronic ambient

SKY FM Top Hits

Groove Salad ambient

Radio Bijeljina, Republika Srpska

TechnoBase.FM

SKY FM Mostly Classical

.977 80s

buureradio.ch Swiss folk

80s music (listed in knowledgebase)

Asimov Park music

Extropia music

Live music in Second Life

Live music is alive and kicking in Second Life. There are many ways to add music to your Second Life, but the first thing to do is getting it to play.

Look at the bottom of your screen ..do you have a music control box? If you DO and don’t hear music …try turning it on by pressing the play button. You may have to press stop and play a few times for it to start. Also, you have to be on a property where the owner has chosen to have music playing.

If you DON’T have the music control box at the bottom of your screen, go to EDIT at top of your screen, then down to preferences at the bottom of the menu. Find the tab that says audio and video and check the “play streaming music”. This will make the music control box appear, at least if you are on land where streaming music is being played.

Now you’re ready to explore LIVE music in SL, which is also a fun way to meet new people!

The live music scene is thriving and still growing rapidly, with more and more performers finding their way to the numerous venues and stages. They range from DJs to singers, instrumentalists, singer-songwriters, even whole bands. There have even been performances by an entire orchestra.

How does this work? Put simply, the performers sit at home or in their studio and play their music. This is then broadcast into a venue in SL via a so-called music stream, often provided by the venue.

So if you are at a live music event in SL, you are indeed listening to somebody playing live!

But how to find live music? ….. Simply open “Search”, click the “Events” tab, select “Live Music” in the drop-down menu and press “search”. You will find a long list, with sometimes as many as 30 performances going on at the same time! If you click on a particular event you will often see a description of the kind of music or event you can expect. If you see something interesting on right now simply click “Teleport”. Or check back to the list later. All listings are in SLtime.

Once you arrive at your destination, it makes sense to wait for your surroundings to appear. These events can be quite busy and you could be walking into people you can’t see yet.

Then press play on your music controls box and enjoy! And don’t be afraid to say hello, music events are social events as well! If you have problems hearing the music remember to press stop and play a few times, or ask the host for help.

There are a few things you can do to make the experience even greater for everyone. First of all you can disable the clicking sound when you type so it doesn’t interfere with the music. This can be done in two ways …… first of all by typing a / before everything you say in open chat.

You can also disable the typing sound in the “Client” menu at the top of your screen. If you don’t see that menu, you can pull it up by typing Ctrl-Alt-D. Once you see the menu, open it and click on “debug settings”. In the pull-down menu that you see, select “PlayTypingAnim” and set it to “False”.

And last but not least, try paying the performer(s) and venue/host a tip. Most performers will have a tip jar on stage with them and many venues will also have a tip jar or poster. The owners of live music venues spend a lot of money to provide the stages and streams and often also pay the musicians to play. They deserve our support as members of the audience for providing us with huge amounts of fun and entertainment.

Enjoy!!!

Sally Silvera

Lucrezia Lamont

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