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All posts tagged "compatibility"


Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Zune Compatible with Windows Vista Starting Today

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Software" @ 03:00 AM



A little peeved off by the lack of Windows Vista compatibility? Brush those ill feelings aside, because later today, Microsoft will roll out an official update that enables support for Windows Vista and also corrects the infamous installation issues that have plagued many users since November 14. You'll be able to grab it from Microsoft Update or Zune.net.

We'll post screenshots and additional details later today when the update is made available for download (10AM PST).


Friday, December 8, 2006

Vista Compatibility Coming on January 30th

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Software" @ 12:44 PM

http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/7905/52/

"To the surprise of many, Microsoft’s hoped-for iPod killer didn’t work with Vista upon launch. But as expected, compatibility is coming – on Jan 30. Jason Reindorp, the Director of Marketing at Microsoft for their own branded digital mp3/media player, the Zune, has finally put Vista owners with a Zune out of their misery and has announced that Vista compatibility is coming on June 30. Apparently this was ‘always the plan’, with an update to be made available to enable Vista compatibility. Why it can’t be made available now, in calendar year 2006, is still unclear. Surely it must already work? Why the wait – there are plenty of people who can legally get access to Vista, with the millions all subscribing to Microsoft ‘MSDN’ program able to download Vista today. There are also still millions of copies of RC1 and RC2 out there."

See how that quote says June 30th in it? I read that date first, and my blood pressure rose rapidly - I started to write an email to a Microsoft contact I have to ask them if this was really the case, because it seemed even more insane than not having Vista compatibility right at launch (which should be a sad embarrassment for the Zune team). I paused and read the whole article again - and saw that the first date mentioned was actually January 30th...which is more in line with what I've heard and have been expecting. So it looks like we have a final confirmation of a new version of the Zune software that will be compatible with Vista. In the meantime, there's always the hack of course. I'm cautiously optimistic that the new software will also have the ability to transcode DVR-MS files, which an inside source told me was coming. We'll see - but it will be a long two month wait.


Monday, December 4, 2006

Zune Content PlaysForSure?

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Media" @ 07:30 AM

http://weblogs.jupiterresearch.com/analysts/gartenberg/archives/2006/11/zune_does_plays.html

"It seems that Zune and Plays for Sure are closely related indeed. While the Zune player will not accept content from other Plays for Sure services it seems content from the Zune marketplace will work on other Plays for Sure compatible devices (it’s clearly not something supported and certainly not clear how long it will work)."

So you're jones'n to migrate from a PlaysForSure device, to a shiny new Zune. As usual, you want to pass on your old PlaysForSure device to your spouse or child. (Don't we all?) However, due to Zune's much documented incompatibility with PlaysForSure, you’re stuck maintaining two subscriptions; one for Zune, and one for PlaysForSure, right? Well, maybe not. Apparently, while the Zune is not compatible with PlaysForSure content, a PlaysForSure device will play Zune content. For now, DRMed content download from the Zune Marketplace will play on PlaysForSure devices. The thinking goes that the Zune and PlaysForSure DRM is almost identical, with extra bits added to Zune content that the Zune player requires while a PlaysForSure device ignores them. This is a completely unofficial and unsupported scenario, and this "feature" could be "fixed" in future updates, so be cautious. Have any of you with a PlaysForSure device tried playing Zune content?


Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Zune Software on Vista? You Bet! Here's How...

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Software" @ 08:00 AM

http://www.modaco.com/zunevista

"As many of you will know, I recently purchased a Microsoft Zune player (to replace my lost iPod, which never surfaced no thanks to crappy Iberia!). Unfortunately, days before the arrival of my Zune from the USA, I made the switch to Windows Vista. This meant that, when the Zune arrived, I couldn't sync it up with my media-stuffed laptop, as in their infinite wisdom, Microsoft have decided NOT to make a Vista friendly version of the software available yet. DOH! So I set about seeing if the XP software could run happily on Vista! It does... and here's how I did it!"



Paul over at MoDaCo, rather famous for hacking Windows Mobile devices in various ways, has turned his attention to the Zune software - and voilà, he came up with a way to make it work. Way to go Paul! Until Microsoft releases the official update, this looks like an excellent solution for all you early adopter Vista users.


Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Zune: Sorry, No Love for Vista

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Talk" @ 02:00 AM

http://www.zune.net/en-US/meetzune/software/OS_not_supported.htm



Two days ago, we ran a story discussing the possibility of the Zune not supporting Windows Vista, and today, our worst fears were confirmed. Within the next fortnight, MSDN subscribers and business users will be able to pick up a final version of Windows Vista, and to not have the Zune work with it is a huge slap in the face. I know a lot of people who are genuinely interested in the Zune and rolling out Windows Vista as soon as possible. If Microsoft doesn't release some sort of Vista compatibility patch by November 30, there are going to be a lot of disgruntled folks around the place.


Sunday, November 12, 2006

Zune and Windows Vista Compatibility

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Software" @ 08:00 PM


Click the image above for a larger version (JPG, 80KB).

Last week, Microsoft announced that Windows Vista RTM'ed with business availability expected on November 30, and consumer availability on January 30. Naturally, we were curious to see whether the Zune (its release date being November 14) would be compatible with Microsoft's latest operating system. Read on to find out!
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