Sunday, November 18, 2007
Posted by Adam Krebs in "Zune Talk" @ 06:00 PM
RapidRepair, known for its great Zune30 repair guide, has seen fit to take apart a Zune8, revealing a couple tasty tidbits about the device, as well as a few unfortunate surprises. For example, the components are held together with a mid adhesive, and the Zune Pad is non-replaceable. Zune-Online forum member MikeHill33 didn't feel like doing the whole "delicate" thing, and instead took a hammer to his Zune30 (apparently due to problems updating).
Those having trouble with their Zune software screwing up metadata tags, having installation troubles, or just plain disliking the new program can fix two of those three by checking out the new software update, released Friday.
When will Cesar start an NMF podcast?
The harddrive hack from last year is still available, and with only slightly different instructions than before. ZuneBoards has a great tool that easily re-enables the functionality. Also, in case anyone was wondering, the new software still uses the PlaysForSure DRM 9.1 (same as last year), so there hasn't really been anything new in that area. I assume it's to ease the transition over, without having everyone re-download/authorize their Marketplace files (last year's skipping issue was bad enough).
On Friday, YouTube user alwaysmc2 posted a video of the unboxing for his new Zune Original. The box looks similar to the retail packaging, save for its lack of brown (and excess of white). The biggest difference appears to be a full-sized poster version of the selected artwork, a postcard-sized "thank you" note, and, oh yeah, the engraved artwork on the back. I'm not such a huge fan of the full-body designs (they're all close to, but not quite what I'm looking for), and I do like a few of the "picture with text" options, but I'm not sure what I'd write. Any suggestions?