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Update Your Zune Firmware, Finally Windows Vista Compatible

Microsoft has released a firmware update, version 1.2, for the Zune Music Player, I have not seen it myself, but according to Zuneboards it speeds the Zune up pretty good.

So you might be asking, does this really help? Can you actually notice a difference in the performance? I’ll be honest with you. Yes. Definitely. After the update, I’ve been playing around with my Zune for a couple of minutes. Usually, I get the lag image (the one with the circling dot things) every time I view pictures. This time, I went through 450 without a single lag. I also noticed an improvement while switching modes, and switching from videos to music. Source: Zuneboards

Definitely sounds like an improvement, hopefully they can get all the little problems fixed and some new features by the time I get mine. Here are the installation instructions from the Microsoft site, pretty simple install.

To install the latest Zune firmware, follow these steps:
1. Install the version of the Zune software that was included with your Zune device.

2. Connect your Zune device to a computer, and then put your Zune device on a stable surface.

Note If the battery in your Zune device is critically low, we recommend that you charge your Zune device before you continue. For more information about how to charge your Zune device, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
927348 ( How to charge the battery in your Zune device

3. Open the Zune software. You receive a message to update your Zune device. If you do not receive this message, follow these steps: a. Click Options, point to Sync, point to , and then click Check for Zune Device Updates. Source: Microsoft

A person working on the Zune team, Cesar Menendez, posted that this will make the Zune Vista compatible and the rest is mostly plumbing issues, such as the speed increases etc.

Today (Tuesday the 19th of December) we?re issuing a 22 MB update to make [tag]Zune[/tag] compatible with Windows Vista. The update also improves the Zune software installation process, addressing the issues that some of the known issues users reported. Like Jason R said recently ?It is plumbing stuff, but it is stuff customers will notice and appreciate.? So you should install the update, even if you?re not running Vista. Source: Zune Insider

I saw a post on engadget on how theirs froze up, and a few others chimed in, with one saying that it was updated when he reset it to cancel it, so it may just finish the updates well on some machines. So, here’s another of our Zune Tips, upgrade your firmware, hehe.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - December 19, 2006 at 7:59 pm

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First Zune Hacks Released

I’ve posted before, Share a Song with Zune and Get Credit Back and iPod the Pong of Digital Music, about the Zune DRM and how it will probably be cracked soon after release, well, this isn’t a crack, but someone has developed a complicated hack to bypass the DRM, and while this is pretty much the same thing as copying a file to a USB drive and then to another computer, this just shows you how quickly something will probably be coming. How hard would it be to write a little program that does this for you? Not to hard I don’t think, and while Microsoft could probably fix this easily in a future update, would they really want to?

How great would it be to have an MP3 player that can send other MP3 players songs without restrictions? I think that would be a popular MP3 player, and if Microsoft has tried to create the Zune to block such sharing, with their DRM, they have tried right? This could definitely help Microsoft get a jump in market share, it’s not their fault these Zune Hacks have been released.

Now, I’m not saying they are up to anything, I’m just trying to come up with a reason for Microsoft to not block such hacks, or at least not for awhile, and in an update that we don’t have to load, so we could choose not to block that hack, etc.

Anyway, this started as a way to use the Zune as a portable hard drive, and then all they had to do was bypass the DRM, and they did that by renaming file extensions on the music files to jpg, transferring with at least one actual jpeg file to another Zune and renaming to the actual extension again. There’s already one program created to make it easier to do, check the Zune Boards with the tutorial there once you sign up to the board. This was also posted at Gizmodo here and here and at Zune Scene.

The Zune can be used to store and transfer various file formats such as zip files, PDF files and word documents. No Zune hardware or software changes are required at all. This technique will not bypass any DRM on any protected files.

Instructions are included below. The Zune device will appear in “My Computer” and visual access to files is available. Please make these registry modifications at your own risk to your PC. Source: Zune Scene.

Zune tips or Zune hacks, whatever you want to call this one, there will be more on the way.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - November 26, 2006 at 6:37 am

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