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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Trouble Installing Zune 4.7 Software? Try a Manual Download

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Talk" @ 10:00 PM

I've just spent the past 10 minutes fighting with the installation of the Zune 4.7 desktop software on one of my computers; the upgrade, which comes via Windows Update, worked smoothly on all of my other computers, but on this one computer, it kept failing. More irritatingly, the URL the Zune software installer gives me for more information isn't neither clickable, nor is it possible to copy and paste it. I attempted the first install, and when it failed, I rebooted my PC and tried again. It failed again. I rebooted again, and this time I went to Zune.net and downloaded the 4.7 software directly - and the install worked. A bit odd! I had hoped the Zune software had evolved beyond the point of random install failures, but it seems it still has a way to go yet.


Friday, April 9, 2010

Server Down Time on Saturday Night

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Thoughts Media Status Updates" @ 05:00 PM

We're doing some upgrades to our server on Saturday night (Eastern US time), so expect some down-time for 2-4 hours. Have a great weekend everyone!


Thursday, April 19, 2007

Step Right Up, Get Your 100 GB Zunes Right Here...

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Hardware" @ 03:46 PM

http://www.ipodmods.com/shop/3018-hard-drive-disk-mk1011gah.html

"Get a replacement Hard Disk Drive for your 5th Generation iPod with Video (Revision 1 or 2) or Microsoft Zune Digital Media Player. This item is a brand new Toshiba Hard Drive and will work in ALL iPod Video units & Microsoft Zune Players. Model number may vary slightly from the picture below, but is an accurate representation of the drive. Toshiba 100GB MK1011GAH Hard Drive for 5th Gen iPod w/ Video & Microsoft Zune Players...This does require a larger backing for the iPod if you are upgrading a 30GB to a 100GB. Zune players do not need a larger backing."



It will cost you $299 to get this 100 GB upgrade, but you'll also get a Zune Extended Battery ($19.99 USD value) that will give you an extra 6% battery boost (apparently, enough for 30 to 60 minutes of extra music). There's definitely something appealing about getting a hard drive put in my Zune that would store all of my music (75 GB right now) and still have enough space left over for a bunch of video content. Once the Zune software can sync DVR-MS files (Media Center recording format), I'll definitely want a bigger hard drive.


Wednesday, February 7, 2007

I Upgraded to Vista and Got Kicked Out of the Social

Posted by Damion Chaplin in "Zune Talk" @ 05:30 PM

http://jkontherun.blogs.com/jkontherun/2007/02/i_upgraded_to_v.html

"I decided since my P1610 was running flawlessly under WinXP that I would try to upgrade that OS to Vista, much as my family and friends would be needing to do since they are not very computer savvy. At least, I wouldn’t want them wiping their system clean and doing a clean install because I know that would create big problems for them, much as it will a lot of consumers. Big mistake. UPDATE on the Zune situation: Further mucking about shows me that the music downloaded from the Zune Marketplace will now play fine on the Zune player. It will not play on the PC side, however. Now I'm wondering if it's a file permission thing that Vista has imposed. Who knows?"

Well, the more I hear about the horrors of upgrading to Vista, the less excited I am to do so. Now, in my experience I manage to avoid these hangups [knocks on wood], but that doesn't make me more anxious to perform the upgrade. Now there's one more problem to look out for: Apparently it's not just iTunes that doesn't play well with Vista, but the Zune Marketplace as well. Yikes. Anyone out there buying tunes from the Marketplace might consider holding off upgrading until the next version of the Zune software is released.



Tuesday, December 26, 2006

80-Gig Zune Now Available

Posted by Damion Chaplin in "Zune Hardware" @ 05:00 PM

http://www.ipodmods.com/shop/3017-hard-drive-disk-mk8009gah.html

"The guys who first upgraded the Zunes hard drive are now doing it for the public. You can now send your Zune to Ipodmods.com and they will upgrade it to a 80 gig or a 40 gig model. How ever, doing this will void your Microsoft Zune warranty. The Zune 80 gig model is going to set you back $489.98 in total, once you purchase a hard drive from Ipodmods.com they will install it for free and send it back to you right a way with your upgraded hard drive installed."



[image from Zune Scene]

For just $239.99 you can get your new Zune upgraded to 80 gigabytes. My that's a lot of space! 80 Gigs would just about hold my entire music collection (in 128 WMA) plus a number of movies! Think about it: You're quadrupling your Zune's capacity for just less than the price of a second Zune. Sounds like a good deal to me. I think, however, that if I'm going to void my Zune's warranty (this service will), I'd rather wait and buy the drive and perform the upgrade myself. Guess I'll just have to wait. (Update: It was correctly pointed out to me that the Zune is 30GB, not 20, so you're really more than doubling your capacity [not quadrupling it] for just less than the price of a second Zune. Sorry 'bout that!)

Tags: upgrade, 80gig

Monday, December 18, 2006

Zune Firmware 1.2 Released

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Software" @ 07:40 PM



Microsoft has released Firmware 1.2 for the Zune. It's a great early Christmas present, but if you were hoping to see some new features (proper podcasting support, wireless streaming - you name it), you'll be sorely disappointed. Read on for a drill down of the update experience.
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Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Zune Appealing to Upgrade Market

Posted by Damion Chaplin in "Zune Hardware" @ 09:00 AM

http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,2065471,00.asp?kc=EWRSS03119TX1K0000594

"Microsoft Corp. may have an opening with its recently launched Zune digital music player to gain market share against the iPod, as a Reuters survey showed that among consumers expressing interest in the Zune 35 percent of them were upgrading from an existing player. Microsoft, the world's No. 1 software company, two weeks ago began selling the Zune, which analysts have said is Microsoft's most serious effort yet to compete with Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod, the best-selling player by far... According to the Reuters survey, which was conducted over the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Apple remained the leader by a large margin, with about 70 percent of respondents answering unprompted that they would likely buy an iPod. When given a list of MP3 players from which to choose, 80 percent of respondents chose the iPod. Some 7 percent of those given a list of players that also included Microsoft's player, picked Zune. Among those expressing a preference for the Zune player, some 35 percent were upgrading from an existing player while 18 percent of those who voiced an interest in the iPod were upgrading."

Hmmm... So, based on this data, we can assume that people who own iPods either don't want to own one again or are satisfied with their current unit and don't see the need to upgrade. Interesting.


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