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October 4, 2006

No Vivox for me

Filed under: Audio — Signore Iredell @ 11:31 am

Vivox’s mission is delivering voice communications to Massive Multi-player Online Gaming. In these days, they are giving away one million free phone minutes and conference-call enabling “microphones” to SL players. This should enable SL users to call for free real (i.e., cell and land-line) phones. You should also be able to do five-way conference calls with other residents.

There are some issues, though:
Gamasutra reports this is going to work with North America only (official confirm here);
They choose to launch their product on October, Wednesday 4, 9-12 AM, when unfortunately Second Life was (is) down for update;
The Vivox phone launch is going to start in a few hours, but their main location is hardly reachable because of banned parcels all around it (update: they set up another place);
No Vivox client for you Mac and Linux users (one would think that multi-platform is a important issue if you’re making communication tools), however they say there could be an open-source client…soon or later;
At the moment, no way to register in their forums for me (I get this error: “Ran into problems sending Mail. Response: 550 5.7.1 … Relaying denied”).

Older news: Secret Lair article, Second Life educator mailing list April and May archives.


September 23, 2006

Free-licensed Music in SL

Filed under: Audio, Blogged from SL — Signore Iredell @ 2:44 pm

If youre making music in SL, I suggest you to use free-licensed music (in most cases, this means a Creative C ommons license). Here are some advantages of free-licensed music:

  • you don’t have to pay money
  • you don’t have to ask permissions
  • you don’t have to follow silly limitations as “how-many-times-did-i-play-this-song-today”
  • you’re complying with the law
  • authors are happy with that

Authors that choose a free license want people freely using and sharing their music. Uphold their work!

I will provide here some free-licensed-music resources links. Follow them, in most cases you also will find a stream URL for these albums. This should make easy their use in SL.

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