updated 09:20 pm EST, Mon January 10, 2011
Zune HD works with Macs through WP7 Connector hack
Owners discovered this weekend that Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 Connector app for the Mac can recognize the Zune HD with a simple hack. A simple command line flag change in Terminal, given out by Zuneboards member nate8nate, lets the Zune HD sync as if it were a WP7 phone. Electronista tested the trick and successfully synced music, photos and videos.
The approach works as both the WP7 and Zune platforms sync through the same format and have similar software foundations. It's unclear why Microsoft chose to disable support by default for the Zune HD. Speculation has maintained that Microsoft may have only tested against WP7 and is concerned that syncing the older players may trigger bugs. However, it included full-screen graphics and fonts reflecting the Zune, implying that the device was at least considered.
As with most such hacks, Microsoft isn't providing any support. It also hasn't said whether it will provide more official support in the future, though most of its attention has focused on WP7 and not its year-old MP3 player.