what zune?

What zune should I get? Zune 16 or Zune 120? Or should I even get a Zune? Please tell me! Half of me says get the zune 16 because it is smaller and more portable and I think it might come in different colors. But the other half says if I get a Zune, might as well get the 120 gig. Please help.

Posted by skatermaster8900 9 years ago

Is there a way to charge a zune 80Gb on solar without overloading the charge?? (input volt is 5V 1.4A)?

 I would like a way to keep my zune charged at full capacity using solar or some other type of green tech?

Asked by Dragon1127 8 years ago

What to do with gutted Zune SD 4gb?

I have an old Zune SD 4 gb that a friend of mine drenched in energy drink. i gutted it and now all i have are the front part (complete with the pad and button still in tact and possibly still working) and the back. can someone give ideas of what i can do with it (something electronic, not like paintng or something as easy as that). heres a picture of what i have (picture provided by RapidRepair.com).

Asked by REA 7 years ago

Zune 3.0

How is everybody enjoying the new software for the zune, 3.0? Also did anyone buy the 16gb or 120gb zune?

Posted by JellyWoo 9 years ago

Zune to Ipod socket connector

I've just got a ZUNE, love it, but all MP3 accessories seem to be made for Ipods. Has anyone seen a adaptor from Zune to Ipod accessories?

Posted by destamator 10 years ago

MP3 books to ZUNE

I just got a Zune, I like to listen to recorded books while I work, which is reasonably easy to do with the Zune interface software and most books on CD. THE PROBLEM is books recorded as MP3 files. Strangely enough here is an "MP3 Player" that cannot handle MP3 data directly... At least this is my experience so far. Placing a MP3 recorded book CD in the drive and while I CAN listen to it on the laptop using Zune's Software interface. Trying to transfer the files to the Zune unit creates error files that are unusable and so far I have not been able to remove from the Zune. Admittedly I'm a newbe to the Zune but have been using computers since the Atari 800 came out too many years ago for me to admit to...ANY help would be appreciated. Possibly there's something I just have not found as yet.

Posted by 24kgold 10 years ago


How do you rip DVDs onto Zune so you can put them on your Zune?

Posted by Flumpkins 9 years ago

What's your Zune tag?

Mine is "aDimWit"

Posted by aDimWit 9 years ago

any hacks for a zune?Ideas ,please? Answered

Give me some ideas to hack a zune give a link to how to do it or an 'ible. Thanks,             :)

Asked by Xixfas 5 years ago

Zune 80 Cases

Hey, I'm new to posting on this site, so if I am posting in the wrong area, please forgive me. And I'm not sure if I can make requests, but if I can, I have one. I bought one of the new Zune 80's and have been looking around for a case specially designed for the Zune 80 and not the Zune 30, but can only find two. So I am just wondering if anyone out there can make an instructable on how to make a Zune 80 case, if it isn't too hard. Thanks.

Posted by zorkky 10 years ago

Solar Device Charger: No complication required?

Hey community! Anyways, so I have a fairly simple question for everyone who's solar-savvy out there today, and it's about a fancy thing called a USB charge cable. Now, I may as well be a specific as possible, seeing as it's really for one device, but I may expand this project to ellipse more than one device. Here the question: Do charge cables and USB hubs automatically (built-in) regulate voltage, or am I going to have to get funky with some or this stuff? If you think you have the answer to my prayers, or need me to elaborate a bit, feel free to respond. Thanks! Ewitwins

Posted by ewitwins 8 years ago

is there a way to make a DIY zune car dock station so that the head unit would control the zune?

I currently use a 3.5mm jack. i would like the song to appear on the head unit as well.

Asked by beLIEve4200 7 years ago

Where can I get movies to Download to my Zune for FREE, and how do I get them onto my Zune?

I have a Zune and would like to put some movies on it, so when we go motorhoming, we can watch a movie. I'm not real computer savy, so need to know it in easy terms. Thanks.

Asked by kadiladi 9 years ago

Zune HD pinout

Hello every one.  Here is the short version: I would like to know the pinout of the Zune HD (connector).   Now, as there may be more than one solution to my problem (and for those of you who are curious :P), here is the rest of the story: I had a Zune 4gb and an Altec Lansing speaker dock that went with it. I recently purchased a Zune HD 16gb. I love it, but the only problem is that the pinout of the two Zunes are not the same (or at least that’s what I’m assuming), so I am not able to use my speakers with my new Zune. I am only able to use it as a charging dock. Here’s what I know so far:   -I know most of the pins on the old Zune, thanks to zuneboards.com. -I know the speaker is still functional; I tested it with my old Zune. -And I know the new and old Zunes share at least one ground wire, one +5v supply wire, and both USB data transfer wires, as the dock charges both Zunes, and I am able to sync and charge both Zunes with both new and old sync cables.   Once I find out which pins are for audio, I am planning on opening the speaker case and reconnecting the audio wires (which I was able to identify using the old Zune pinout) to accept the pinout of the new Zune.  I have plenty of experience with electronics of all kinds, so I would be more that comfortable doing something like this, but I am more than open to any solution that is… less invasive, as I would like to avoid the risk of damaging my speakers.   If any of you fine folks have any answers about the pinout or suggestions for alternate solutions, or comments at all for that matter, I would be very grateful.   Thanks all, -jpenn  

Asked by jpenn 8 years ago

help with song downloading.

Anyone know a good downloader site or program that will let me download music but it won't mess up my zune..? no i don't want to pay for it... and limewire messes up zune..

Posted by Cameronk 10 years ago

Help me fix ma zune!

I've got to fix this damn zune, there's no warrenty on it and all in all it's a piece of crap. The guy doesn't care that much if it can't be fixed. I've got shit webcam reference pictures. You'll see that the battery has the terminals connected to a small IC board with 3 solder pads on it, and a voltage regulator of some sort on the bottomside of it. The ribbon cable has 3 little metal spades that solder to those pads on the battery. There's voltage coming out of the pads (I don't have a voltmeter, just a tongue but that works just as good). When I've got the ribbon cable soldered to the battery and I touch the end of it to my tongue I can feel current, so why is it that only once in a while I get power to the zune? Like if I wiggle the cable around sometimes I can get a low battery symbol to come up and then it shuts off. I don't know why it's still showing a low batt symbol because I charged it and it feels like there's a good charge in there so what's the problem? I wanna get this fixed so I can play around with it, no I've never had the pleasure of a zune :p. Thanks guys for anything you can help me with. I was thinking maybe the IC came loose from soldering/desoldering the cable a few times, but it still appears to be stuck on the board pretty good. Well look at the pictures and decide for yourself. It's starting to look like I'll be buying a new battery, which apparently the ipod 30/60 gig batteries are the same size/amperage and can be used in the zune and at a low price of $14, I can probably get a battery that'll last longer than the factory one eh?

Posted by Punkguyta 10 years ago

Zune HD! It's finally here!

The Zune HD! It's finally here!And I got one! :-DIntroducing Zune HD.Zune HD is the next iteration of the Zune device family and brings a new level of listening and viewing experiences to the portable media player category.Zune HD comes with a built-in HD Radio receiver so users can listen to higher-quality sound than traditional radio on the go. Users also will have access to the additional song and artist data broadcast by HD Radio stations as well as additional channels from their favorite stations multicasting in HD. If you don����¯�¿�½���¯���¿���½����¯�¿�½������¢����¯�¿�½������¢������¯������¿������½����¯�¿�½������¬����¯�¿�½������¢������¯������¿������½����¯�¿�½������¢t like the song playing on your station����¯�¿�½���¯���¿���½����¯�¿�½������¢����¯�¿�½������¢������¯������¿������½����¯�¿�½������¬����¯�¿�½������¢������¯������¿������½����¯�¿�½������¢s HD channel, switch to its HD2 or HD3 channels for additional programming.The bright OLED touch screen interface allows users to flip through music, movies and other content with ease, and the 16:9 widescreen format display (480x272 resolution) offers a premium viewing experience on the go.The HD-compatible output lets Zune HD customers playback supported HD video files from the device through a premium high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) audiovisual docking station (sold separately) direct to an HD TV in 720p.*Zune HD will include a full-screen Internet browser optimized for multitouch functionality.Zune HD is Wi-Fi enabled, allowing for instant streaming to the device from the more than 5 million-track Zune music store.So.. Are you going to get one? What do you think about it? Please comment and rate! - OwenUnboxing video! (By me! :-D)

Posted by Owenmon 9 years ago

Zune battery to charge ipod touch?

My plan is to build a minty boost using a zune battery instead. I'm pretty sure i know how to implement the zunes battery to power the LM 7805 5 volt regulator. I need help with being able to chare the zune's battrery... A 3.7 volt Li-Ion Polymer battery. I want to use usb for this. Only trouble im having is how do i get the batter to stop charging when it is fully charged? it has 3 pins; P+, P-, and HDQ. I take it the HDQ has something to do with my problem. also seeing how the minty boost is 3 volts at 500MA my 3.7 volt should work fine as long as i keep the current at 500MA right? Also, I have a Tri-coloed LED (RED, GRN, BLU) I'd like the Red to show up when the zune battery is running out of power and the blue for when its charging the ipod., and green to be on when the zune battery is charging... I know to charge the zune battery isnt going to be far off from how im charging ipod batter with the zune battery. I know this is probably alot to take in so thanks for any help.

Asked by 9 years ago

What can I do with a MK3008gal Hard drive besides use It for an Ipod or Zune?

I would somehow like to make an external Hard drive out of this. Links or suggestions would be kewL..

Asked by klarkg 8 years ago

Computer won't detect 8gb zune-brand new, 28 hours out of box-can you help?

Hey, all.Yesterday, I bought an 8 gb zune and brought it home. I tried turning it on, but all I got was a screen w/ the zune logo, so I figured I had to leave it charging. I went home, disconnected the zune as per instructions I read on the official site, downloaded the software, installed the software (after redownloading because the first one got interrupted and thus currupted), and plugged it in.The software never recognized it. I kept getting the zune logo (on the player screen), no matter what. Once, I got it to say "charging", but that's it. I left it connected with the logo screen on all night and all this morning, and this afternoon have played with it with no success. Did a hard reboot. Finally got it to turn on when disconnected and say something about connecting to the social network or something, but pressing the ok button in the center of the zune didn't work. Neither did pressing play, or back. It showed critical battery and turned itself off. Did this twice more, apparently I've completely drained the battery because it won't turn on at all now. If I connect it now, the computer dings over and over and over like it knows something is happening but can't figure it out. Apparently this is a common problem, I have googled and tried many things with no success.I've tried all my usb ports, it's brand new out of the box, so is the cord, I know all my usb ports work.It does show up under device manager, with a yellow question mark beside it.I'm about ready to return this piece of microsoft junk, before I do, I thought I'd see if anyone has a zune or knows how to fix this...Can anyone help me?

Posted by Lithium Rain 10 years ago

Zune Pass

Has anyone found out a way to perminantly keep all of your temporary files from the "zune pass" program, or at least a way to burn them to disk so you can rip them back on a little while later? thoughts and ideas on how one would do this, post here please.

Posted by snipegoat 9 years ago

what is the best ohm rateing for running speakers out of a mp3 player with no amp or any other equipment.

i just bought a new zune HD player today and i dont want to risk  damageing it  unfortunatly i dont have any other speakers besides some that i had laying around which are rageing from 3.2 ohm (somehow) to 6 ohm to 8 ohm which would be the best the 3.2 are what im useing now they suck but they are outloud if somebody could design a simple amp with -volume control -3 inputs -cabible to run differant ohms of speakers safely  -left and right channels -cabible of running a large numbers of speakers thank you

Asked by fastcar123 8 years ago

Power bypass circuit?

Hey everybody, Ok so here's the deal...I'm building some external speakers for my zune. I'm using some the board out of some old computer speakers to amplify the sound. Right now, since I'd like to make it portable, I've got it hooked up to a 12v regulator going to two 9v batteries. Since it seems to drain the batteries of charge pretty quickly, I'd really like a better way to keep them powered when I'm near a wall outlet (like when I'm at home). I managed to find an old 12v wall adapter that I could use as a constant source of power. Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm pretty sure that I can't have it and the batteries hooked up at the same time. So what I'd like to know is how do you build a bypass circuit (or whatever it's called) so that, when the wall adapter is plugged in, the board will draw power from it instead of the batteries? Sorry for the long read, and happy building everyone.

Posted by Triblade101 9 years ago

Zune eBook Creator (RTextAsImage)

Make your Zune the ultimate eBook reader with our softwareThis tool allows you to "convert" text such way, that you receive suite graphic files like suite of scanned pages of book or magazine. It is often necessary when you want to read favorite book on MobilePC, which does not have ability to show text files, but only graphical i.e. Zune. This tool has many opportunities for settings output files: type of graphical file, size of file ("resolution"), pagination, margins, font, color of text, line spacing etc. Also you have ability to save favorite settings and load saved earlier. http://www.roversoft.dp.ua/Default.aspx?ProductID=5download url - http://roversoft.dp.ua/TextAsImage/publish.htm

Posted by oleg.shastitko 10 years ago


Ok i want to get a new mp3 player but my little sister has i tunes can i use a diffrent provider such as napster , amozon , best buy walmart or zune cast or do i have to use i tunes if so can i have multable acounts one one computer so i dont have to sort throug my sisters music to find what i want we have to share a computer as of now also i will not pirate so dont even sugest it

Asked by brandon borick 8 years ago

i just got a new zune and i went to download the program for it, but after i downloaded it from the zune website... Answered

After i downloaded the file, i tried to install it...and when i did, an error messsage came up that said; "zunesetup.exe is not a valid win32 application" i have a brand new acer aspire one with windows 7 operating system. i also tried downloading it on another computer that had windows xp on it with the same error message appearing. this download ccame from THE zune website. seeing as i cannot put any music or anything else on my zune without this software, i need to know what is wrong and where (if there even is any place) i can download a good copy that will install on my computer. both the windows 7 and xp operating systems were on the list of qualified o.s.'s so i dont know what could be wrong...please help!!! ive had bad experiences like this before and i dont want to take it back to the store...ive heard zune is way easier to work with that ipod, so please prove my sources right if you can :-) thank you!!!

Asked by jester_5123 7 years ago

How can I convert my speakers from an old RCA RS-2625 stereo system to connect to a Zune?

I am thinking about cannibalizing the speakers to build a dock/stereo for my Zune 30g since none I have seen for sale are really what I'm looking for- and I'm a poor college student who loves tinkering with things! Any ideas and methods are welcome- while I love DIY and modding my own objects, I have yet to really get into the technical aspect of wiring things to connect to other things- except for the jury-rigging of my laptop power cord. Thanks in advance!

Asked by CherryCola1788 8 years ago

Holy Toledo! Z2K9!!!

Right, so this is a weird one: we're getting tons of reports—tons—about failing Zune 30s. Apparently, the players began freezing at about midnight last night, becoming totally unresponsive and practically useless.D:It's true! My Zune gave me a picture of a battery with a sad face when I turned it on!GAPS!"They" speculate that it has something to do with the "leap second" this year.It's like Y2K all over again! BUT WORSE.Read the whole thing here, from Gizmodo.

Posted by Labot2001 9 years ago

Whats the best portable media device? Answered

What do you guys think is the best portable media device. Im looking for something that I can watch movies on, play music, read e-books, games, any other kind of gadgets.

Asked by Cthulu 9 years ago

Is there a way to completely disable the lock on a zune 80? Answered

The lock is stuck in the on position and unfortunately, the tiny plastic piece on the inside snapped off so just opening up the thing didn't help at all. it's stuck on lock and there's really nothing i can do about it, or is there?

Asked by jelly.turf 7 years ago

How shielded are sheilded speakers?

I want to build the below but with a marine speaker and a waterproof case to take canoeing. Worried that my Zune has a hard drive and the speaker magnet might wipe the HD. Can I let my Zune within 6" of one for mounting purposes inside the box? https://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-iPod-Amp/

Asked by RedFilter 9 years ago

Does any body know where I could get a good first-person shooter engine for XNA Game Studio 4.0?

I am making XNA Games.  A download link would be nice.

Asked by drmjj55 7 years ago

How do you add a headphone jack to a speaker?

I want to take a speaker from a toy that has a speaker, and add a headphone jack to it so I can play my Zune on it for portable use.

Posted by Caveman477 10 years ago

Orange And Black

I was bored and was looking around for some new themes and found this. It looks really good with my background and even better with the zune theme for firefox. I dunno, just thought I'd share it...

Posted by Rockerx 9 years ago

MP3 Players and Magnets Newb Help Please?

I am planning on doing the project below for my Zune using a dry box and a marine speaker so I can take it canoeing with friends. The one thing I was wondering is if the speaker's magnet will wipe out my Zune's HD seeing as I would mount it in the box near the speaker. I know I can find shielded speakers, but I don't want to shell out a heck of a lot of cash for only one speaker seening as this is my first project like this. https://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-iPod-Amp/Help would be appreciated very much.

Posted by RedFilter 9 years ago

Is there a MP3 Player that has a USB port on it? Answered

I have enough music to fill a portable hard drive, but I don't want to buy a Zune or an iPod. If not, does anybody else have a solution? I am hoping that I won't have to resort to 

Asked by Pinaz9 6 years ago

Extra 1.8" disk drive projects?

I bought a 30gb zune when it came out, and my dog literaly ATE it. since then, i have replaced it, but i have this extra 1.8" drive lying around and i need somthing to do with it. No, i havent tried selling it, and i realy dont want to ( looks to cool:] ). I am hoping someone knows how to make it a usb drive, because a 30 gb usb would be USEFULL!!! If anyone has any idea, PLEASE!!!! Post it!!!

Posted by Terranan 8 years ago

Converting Dc to Ac

Ok this is my first post on this site so forgive me if i sound stupid...i like to tinker with things so just to tell a little about things i have done...completely rebuilt a pc..wired up an adapter for an old xbox to work on pc...the easier things....fixing frayed speaker wire....rebuilt/and upgraded a zune 30gb to zune 60gb the usual stuff...my most proud is overclocking my amd 64x2 4000+ to 2.9Ghz.....everyone said it couldnt be done...........anyways on to my question.......i want to know what all i will need to convert Dc to Ac power for a set of old desktop speakers i found in my closet.......i have an idea of what i want to be able to do.......put them in a backpack and make it portable.....currently i have two old 7.2v 1200mah Rc car batteries that i would like to use to power it.....and i also have a charger for them...it can charge and discharge...its old but works....so now my next step is what else am i going to need to complete this project...i dont know a whole lot about electricity but know enough to follow directions...if someone has already done this or knows how to and could walk me through what i need to do i would greatly appreciate it....

Posted by Celestial_Artisian 9 years ago

Youtube is horrible now

So, when I went to Youtube one day, I watched a Rockband video. And I'm like... okay, why did this person put different music on the video? Then I realized it was on most youtube videos. THEN, my favorite Youtube account was suspended. Why was all of this happening? Copywriting. I mean, most people probably bought the song off of Zune or Itunes. Most videos that look awesome are ruined because of the earache-cheap-cheesy garbage youtube puts onto videos. I think we should start a boycott or someone should start a petition or something! Does anyone have any other ideas?

Posted by Flumpkins 9 years ago

LED Lights and Music

To get a general idea of what's going on, I'm a CAD student and we are studying Electricity -- I was looking at a recent instructables guide that showed how to make a box that lights up to music. Well I was planning on doing something similar with a few twists. 1) Dependant on the frequency, there are certain LEDs that will light up 2) The ability to plug in a MP3 Player (Zune is my test subject) 3) The addition of two (2) small speakers around the size of maybe 2 inches My questions pertain to what exactly will I need to do here and where I can find information on the parts required for this project. By all means please try and refrain from giving me specific parts (If it requires a Transistor with some requirements [If a transistors do have any differences] please just say Transistor with x requirements). I don't mean to sound rude but I really want to try and figure things out on my own, but I'm not sure where to really look. I would grab bits and pieces off of these Instructables (Which are all very nice) but I want to actually know why to use a Transistor by reading up on it. If anyone can also mention to me a good place for speakers of smaller size I would appreciate that as well. Assuming I'll have problems with connecting certain things like a plug for a Zune -- if you are willing to lend your help please just mention it as a response. Thank you all a head of time!

Posted by Protomega 7 years ago

This song drives me crazy!!!

Okay so here's the deal: I downloaded a Coheed and Cambria album off of zune marketplace. Love that album! But one thing, there is this song called "Always & Never". It is very catchy, great guitar... but there is just something about it. Weird background voices/noises, it freaking hypnotizes me!!! Does anyone know if there is a story behind this odd song?If you have never heard the song before go here and tell me what you think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYKZfM-itEUP.S. I know I have said it before.. but there are freaky background voices/noises. Listen for them. It's like giggling, screeching, gibberish baby talk, random words.

Posted by Flumpkins 9 years ago

Bungie Bag O' Swag

Hey guys, So, if you're as big a fan of Halo as me, you'd find that Bungie has a special Bag O' Swag on sale, for their 20th anniversary, and leaving Halo. They have anything from a Tshirt to a Zune to signed games to high-quality figures. There are only 777 in existence. AND I FRIGGEN GOT ONE! OH YEAH! What was the most interesting thing, though, was that people were staying up all day and night,trying to get one, and they didn't come close. I managed to get one by sitting at the computer for TWO AND A HALF HOURS, and my dad's bank account just got billed(also, Amazon, says it's being "processed for shipment") So, did anyone else get one?

Posted by builder968 7 years ago

Animal Crossing City Folk

Anybody heard of it? Animal Crossing City Folk Wii. It comes with the new Wii Speak! I dont know if its like 50 $ or 60$ Probaly around that. Well it here are it's release dates : NA November 16, 2008 JP November 20, 2008 EU December 5, 2008 AUS December 13, 2008 And it's also online and you can talk and hang out with people around the world! So who's gonna get it and whos not? RANDOMNESSSS!!!!!!!!

Posted by Owenmon 9 years ago

I need video game ideas!

I am currently starting to design an Xbox 360 game using Microsoft XNA Game Studio (a library for rmaking X360, Zune and PC games in the C# language), but I am stumped at thinking of ideas. I have thought of many that seem good at the time, but while starting to plan, program, or make graphics for them, i realize it wasn't that good of an idea and give up on them. If it is good enough, it will be sold on the Xbox LIVE marketplace (under Community Games) and can win a contest. If you do help me and give a suggestion, please know this will be a 2D game (i can do all the work for a small game, but I can't do 3d modelling). Also, I can use an advanced physics engine and there aren't really any limits to ideas I could use. If you do give me an idea, I can even give you credit in the game. Also, it should be something original and innovative, think outside the box! Thanks in advance if you do help me out, this is probably the hardest part of game making!

Posted by mappum 9 years ago

Damn you service pack three!

Well I finally gave in to the little pop-up box in the corner of the screen and installed Xp service pack three and it messed me about something shocking... A list of issues: - The quazi-vista theme I was running wet itself completely, now replaced with Zune theme - Firefox three got very upset and now has a mint theme because it had a bog standard theme that looked similar - The startup screen (login bit) and the login screen for password protection on knocking off screensaver is going mad, both do work but have some bizarre half breed theme on the go - The computer ticked and banged for ages - Multiple other weird ones - Oh startup programs decided to appear, suddenly I was inundated by FF, messenger, skype, media player and photoshop all opening on startup rather than just wireless G-utility... The odd three are on my taskbar list, some connection... Skype, I have no clue. Before the restart everything worked really oddly, I caught on that it was time because it refused me the ability to install programs and generally messed around. On the upside I hit a couple of sites and the combination of a less heavyweight theme and a ram optimiser majigger have got the computer running faster, now I'm just clawing back all my old settings. Slowly.

Posted by killerjackalope 9 years ago

I need ideas for a class contest for christmas decorating?

Dear fellow Instructables members,         Every year my "homeroom" of sorts has a competition for some unnamed prize to decorate the doors of our respective teachers. I really want to help my seminar win this.            I own an arduino duemilanove which I would like to use, and I like the Christmas Hit Counter Idea, but I would also like something that could generate a random lightshow based on a christmas CD using the remaining inputs (Inputted through a Zune), to really up the anty. Is this possible?           I have spare time (Although I would have to take a few hours out of my minecraft playing) and I have a huge box of resistors, a good amount of leds (probably about 25), as well as a large selection of capacitors, transistors, diodes, a box of spare parts, and a good selection of electronics tools (soldering iron... etc.). I also Have about 1,000,000,000 xmas lights      Thanks so much!                 P.S. I don't have very long to finish this up, about1 week from today (the first of december), so it would need to take less thank 5 hours. Plus I am practically broke, so high price options (above $20) are a no go! Thanks again!

Asked by Buzzsushi 7 years ago