Zune support coming to Linux, MacOS?

Much like the original iPod, Microsoft’s Zune launched with support for only one operating system—in this case, Windows XP. However, it may not take long for users to begin wrapping their heads around the device’s inner workings and make it work with other OSes.

A report on Zune-Online says one user tried hooking up a Zune to his Mac using XNJB, an application written to provide compatibility between Creative MP3 players and MacOS X via the libnjb and libmtp open-source libraries. According to this user, the program can read music off the Zune just fine, although writing is currently unsupported. Nonetheless, the Zune reportedly uses the same “MTP” storage format as Creative players, so developers behind the lipmtp library could conceivably tweak it to bring full Zune support to both Linux and MacOS X. Thanks to Engadget for the tip.

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    • Ricardo Dawkins
    • 13 years ago

    ok…Mac wackos..there is already a friggin .EXE for doing this workaround….can you all go back to your beloved iPod and fear its future as here comes MS….

    • Ricardo Dawkins
    • 13 years ago

    here come the MAC know it all and MS bashrs…sight …

      • VTOL
      • 13 years ago

      Wasn’t this guy a Nintendo basher?

        • Ricardo Dawkins
        • 13 years ago

        Naaahhhh….I’m just a MS lover…just readying my new chant when the iPod goes down the toillet..ya know

          • VTOL
          • 13 years ago

          Microsoft have fanbois?

            • d2brothe
            • 13 years ago

            Apparently…I”m surprised I guess he hasn’t been using windows very long….and speaking of things going down the toilet, how bout that DRM encrusted half disabled *[

    • adisor19
    • 13 years ago

    Somebody should mention that Zune only supports the 32 bit version of windows and not the 64bit one. This is beyond my understanding.

    Adi

      • 5150
      • 13 years ago

      Microsoft’s wireless keyboards don’t support Windows XP 64-bit. Go figure.

        • Krogoth
        • 13 years ago

        It is because XP64 isn’t mainstream and is considered to be a workstation class OS.

        XP64’s support on peripheral devices is still weak.

          • VTOL
          • 13 years ago

          y[

            • SGT Lindy
            • 13 years ago

            Vista will change that.

            • Krogoth
            • 13 years ago

            Driver writers consider it as a “professional” level OS not Microsoft. I doubt Vista will change the status quo when its driver library is completely different.

    • Gandhi
    • 13 years ago

    Wrong post

    • ew
    • 13 years ago

    So the Zune doesn’t show up as a USB mass storage device? Does the iPod? Would be nice to store stuff on it besides music.

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