updated 10:50 pm EST, Thu December 16, 2010
Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac reaches 2nd beta
Microsoft has quietly posted beta 2 of Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac that addresses some of its major bugs. The app primarily tackles music and now fixes playback for the AAC files synced from iTunes that wouldn't play. It can further reverse sync MP3s bought from the WP7 phone, properly sync from remote iTunes installs, and transfers bookmarks, ratings, release dates that were previously left out.
Direct device browsing has been given much more control and lets owners not only manually import individual items from the phone but delete them or preview them.
Other media forms also get improvements. Connector now better handles iPhoto '11 libraries and will organize iPhoto collections by event first and by album only if necessary. The video preparation process has been improved, Microsoft said. Remaining changes bring early support for updating a phone's firmware, faster overall syncing, a new device setup experience and a more graceful handling of when the phone needs to be unlocked with a PIN code.
The app remains free and works with every current WP7 device regardless of the carrier. Microsoft's official download page isn't yet reflecting the update, but using Microsoft AutoUpdate is pushing upgrades for existing users.