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Microsoft hints at Zune for Mac to sync Windows Phone 7

updated 10:40 pm EDT, Tue October 12, 2010

MS exec claims Zune for Mac due soon

Microsoft's Windows Phone marketing lead in the UK, Oded Ran, today claimed in a Twitter update (since deleted) that a Zune client would be available for the Mac to help sync Windows Phone 7 devices. Without going into details, the executive said customers could "use Zune on their Macs" to sync the phones. There would be "more details soon," he added.

The company had previously said there would be some form of software to sync WP7 with the Mac, but it was always presumed that this would be a conduit app or a third-party app such as Missing Sync that would pull information from Mac-native sources. Ran's statement implies a full media player, which has long been considered but has also never been clearly close to a release. Microsoft is generally thought to have kept the app off the Mac due to the small likelihood of returns from supporting Zune players on the iPod's original home, but WP7 may advance the case as more people are likely to own a device for work.

Whether every feature would work isn't clear; Microsoft has never officially enabled protected Windows Media tracks that would be necessary for a Zune Pass, so customers may be limited to downloading those tracks but having to resort to the web player or a Zune-supporting device to stream them rather than play them directly from the Zune software. Zune movies would also be affected. [via Neowin]

By Electronista Staff


  1. jpellino

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    No no... no, keep it. We're good.

    Zune for Mac? That's very kind of you, but we're all set. Oh, gosh - love to load it but DARN my luck - just ran out of drive space. Pity. Well, on you go!

  1. Foe Hammer

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    Syncing MS Devices On My Mac ...

    ... would be like removing the factory-installed premium sound system from a luxury car in order to replace it with one from the Automotive Sound Shoppe (a**) at WalMart.

  1. MyRightEye

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    Better beef up the bandwidth for the servers when you release that!

  1. coffeetime

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    What a surprise. How considerate of Mr. Ballmer. They are really learning it from Apple -- iTunes for Mac and iTunes for PC.

  1. SockRolid

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    Joined: Jan 2010


    Have they no shame?

    Zune? LOL. L. O. L.

  1. samirsshah

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    Yes. Windows Phone 7 should do Mac

    approx 10% market share for Macs is large enough

  1. hayesk

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    Joined: Sep 1999


    Good idea

    Considering Apple still can't produce enough iPhones for people to buy, this is a good idea.

    In Canada, you still can't buy an iPhone without lining up at a store in the morning, assuming they get a shipment that day, which they won't tell you beforehand. I, and others I know, simply aren't able to do that every day. So MS comes a long with a fancy new phone and native Mac sync software - it's awfully tempting to those Mac users that aren't, shall we say, "Apple advocates."

  1. phillymjs

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    Joined: Jun 2000



    If it doesn't have 100% feature parity with the Windows version, it's c***-- plain and simple.

    I'd like to say WP7 won't be around long enough to make it worth the effort, but Microsoft isn't going to kill it quickly like they did with the Kin. To cancel it and admit defeat in the mobile space would be an amazingly public embarrassment, so they'll spend a few years emptying dump trucks full of Windows/Office profits into it, like they did with the XBox.

  1. torpeau

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    Joined: Jul 2009


    A little humor?

    This is likely a joke.

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