Hack the Zune to Keep Shared Songs





Introduction: Hack the Zune to Keep Shared Songs

This instructable is totally free.

With the Microsoft Zune you can beam songs to other Zune's, but they are deleted after three plays. This is an easy way to keep those songs.

NOTE: I am NOT LIABLE if you violate copyright laws when sharing songs.

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Step 1: Set the Zune Up for Storage.

Like most players, the Zune cannot be used as a USB drive right out of the box...

To set it up for storage:

1. Install .NET Framework 2.0 from here: http://www.microsoft.com/en/us/default.aspx

2. Download the ZuneHDPatch from here: http://cppworld.com/Zune/ZuneHDPatch.exe, and run it on your PC with your Zune unplugged and the Zune software closed.

3. Plug your Zune into your PC, and it should appear as an external HDD.

4. To copy files, make sure the Zune software is running and set to "syncing."

This is a great way to use the Zune as a portable HDD. If you would like to keep shared songs, go on to step 2.

Step 2: Keep Shared Songs.

1. To avoid from shared songs being deleted after 3 plays, change the song files' extension to .jpg. Place the files, along with a real image file, into a new folder in your Zune's "received pictures" folder '(NOTE: I, jamnoopers, am not liable for your actions if you violate copyright laws.).

2. Send the "pictures" folder to a friend's Zune.

3. Now on your friends Zune, sync the folder with a PC, change the extensions back, and move the songs into his/her Zune.

4. Have fun sharing songs.

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    RECOMMENDED--Dont buy a Zune or an Ipod. Everyone knows about the Ipod, I bought a Zune, bigger screen but 30GB HD. I did brain surgery on Zune and input an 80GB HD. Zune costs 250, the 80GB HD cost 170....... You might as well put up the cash and buy a great media player..... its called a WOLVERINE ESP.

    That Wolverine ESP thing looks like a knock-off of an ARCHOS 504 80GB
    and the ARCHOS is the same price with a much bigger screen!

    First, don't call it a knock off, its just another product made by another company, but you have proven my point, both the Zune, and Ipod, the most well known portable media devices are being out done by better things.... Like an Archos or Wolverine. Get a archos if you like the bigger screen, and a Wolverine if you want more versatility. Thanks for showing me the Archos though. DISREGARD buying them in a few months time from now, I'm sure something newer and better will be out. p.s. Just don't EVER, EVER!!!, buy an Ipod. Thx

    Do you have a reason for not buying an iPod*? *Not Ipod, IPod, or ipod. It's iPod.

    Ian01, I understand you may like your new iPod toy, but there are better things out there. Ok, yes.... I do have a hatred for iPod, and it only stems from the fact that its made by apple/machintosh and I think all their gear is crap--Kinda like how every thinks radio shack sucks and call it radio crap. 1. iPod has a small screen-I wanted something to watch video's 2. iTunes software sucks, and is hard to sync compared to Zune software 3. Zune can sync and share files with anyone with Zune software installed on there PC (you just sync as a guest) You can only sync your own stuff, try to connect to a friends PC, and it reformats your iPod. 4. I wanted to be different and not follow all the other sheep that bought an iPod 5. I have never owned or used an iPod until after I bought my Zune, because I knew it was worthless, man was I right.

    Get over it. iPods are not a great value, but they are very nice to use. I do not have one.

    Your statement that Apple gear is crap is pure stupidity. I do not, and have never, owned an Apple product, but for years serviced both Mac and PC products for a company that owned thousands of each. Compared to PCs, Macs almost never break. Apple software has some really peculiar failure modes, but nothing is built better than a Mac. Good stuff. You obviously have no experience with Macs.

    Doesn't mean I am going to buy one, they discourage tinkerers and cost too much (although I spend nearly as much building my PCs to the same standard of reliability, just like to tinker...).

    I know what you mean.I would want to be the one that sticks out in the crowd.

    I have to dissagree with you here.....iTunes can't be any easier to work with. It syncs very fast and easy.... and you cant diss ipod IF YOUVE NEVER USED ONE... have a great day...

    5. I have never owned or used an iPod until after I bought my Zune, because I knew it was worthless, man was I right. ****UNTIL AFTER I BOUGHT MY ZUNE....... thus I am an Ipod user--Mine remains in my car glovebox, hooked up to the CD Player.

    First, I don't have an iPod. Second, to respond to your arguments: 1. The iPod Touch has a large screen. (Yes, it hadn't been announced when you commented. However, the iPhone was available.) 2. How is iTunes difficult? You just plug in your iPod and it syncs. 3. Set iTunes on your friend's computer to manually sync. It's in either the preferences (older versions) or the iPod screen that comes up when you plug it in (newer versions). 4. Okay. 5. Please explain why you hold this opinion.