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WP7 Connector hits Mac App Store, brings Zune HD to Macs

updated 08:00 am EST, Wed February 16, 2011

Windows Phone 7 Connector reaches Mac App Store

Microsoft entered the Mac App Store for the first time by posting Windows Phone 7 Connector (free, Mac App Store). The version is virtually identical to the prior edition but adds the surprise of official support for the Zune HD, marking the first time a Zune media player has had official support on the Mac. The support had already existed but needed a command-line tweak to start working.

Regardless of the use of a Windows Phone 7 device or a Zune HD, the app serves as a conduit to transfer iTunes media to Microsoft's previously Windows-only devices. It can sync unprotected music down to individual artists and also shares similarly unguarded videos and as well as photos and podcasts. It doesn't currently sync contacts, calendars or other purely information-based accounts.

The app will provide a reverse sync and will automatically push camera photos to iPhoto. It further serves as the official way to upgrade the firmware if not handling it over the air.

Along with the Zune, WP7 Connector supports any phone using the newer mobile OS regardless of manufacturer or carrier. [via Steve Troughton-Smith]



By Electronista Staff
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  1. Double_UK

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    +6

    The Preciousss...

    From the Lord of the Bing

  1. Foe Hammer

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    Microsoft Will Show Apple How It's Done!

    Because plugging a Zune or a Windows Phlop 7 into a Mac is like plugging an electric skillet into your Lamborghini and using it to fry fish. Then liver.

  1. climacs

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    Joined: Sep 2001

    +3

    hahahaha

    oh boy that's the only thing that stopped me from buying a Zune HD!

    Srsly... why do they even bother with Zune, the MP3 player market has matured. Now Microsoft is following the tablet bouncing ball, never able to figure out where the ball is going to be...

  1. lamewing

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    Joined: Aug 2004

    -5

    It is a good device

    Rant all you want. Make a case that it didn't sell as well as the iPod (nothing else did recently). It doesn't matter. The Zune HD is a very nice media player...especially for music. The sound quality is better than an iPod and it is very pocketable. Is it better than an iPod? That all depends on the person, but to have people talk nonsense about the ZuneHD and Windows 7 phone without owning one or at least using one for a week or two bring to mind the word "fanboy".

    I do wonder if the Mac software will allow for wireless syncing as with the Zune software on the PC. WHY oh WHY mighty Apple have you not given us wireless syncing? It is SO SIMPLE to transfer a single song or CD via wireless, not to mention transferring podcasts, etc. I don't want to transfer my entire collection, but for small transfers wireless syncing is a godsend. I really think Apple didn't include it with iTunes (it works fine on jailbroken phones/ipods/ipads) because the feature came first on the MS Zune. Now that is childish, but it is what I expect from a narcissistic person such Steve Jobs. I like Apple (but not their greediness of late - ahem...subscription takes of 30% WTF!), I like Apple hardware and I like how Jobs helped Apple survive. But that doesn't change my feelings about Jobs on bit. The guy is a jerk.

  1. Foe Hammer

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    Thank Goodness ...

    ... there isn't any other ranting going on by people who rant all they want around here.

  1. dwoodruff

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    Zune???

    What's a Zune?

  1. freddymac

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    lamewing

    I don't know about the ZuneHD but I know 4 people that have bought a WinblowsFonn 7 and all returned them within a month. I talked to a AT&T guy and they don't even recommend it to anyone anymore. POS....................

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