Mac client for Windows Phone 7 now available

With Windows Phone 7, Microsoft has made it clear that they intend to do things right. In this instance, right means being able to support Mac users who take the leap into the world of Windows phones. Windows Phone 7 Connector plans to do just that.

Apple provides a full-blown version of its iTunes software for PC users that choose to partake in their iGoodness, but Microsoft's approach seems far from that sort of solution. Instead of an actual client, WMPoweruser points out that the Windows Phone 7 Connector will forgo the Zune-esque experience, but still give Mac users the ability to sync music, photos, videos, and podcasts from their existing iTunes and iPhoto libraries. While this is far from being as appealing as a Mac version of the Zune Software, Microsoft seems to feel that it's enough.

Considering the ratio of Macs to PCs in the world, and then factoring in the number of those Mac users that will actually be using a Windows Phone 7 device, creating a full version of the Zune Software for the Mac may not make sense to the Redmond giant. Perhaps, financially, it's not worth the effort required. Or, maybe they just want Windows Phone 7 users to take advatange of the PC. Either way, they are still providing users with a compromise that is sure to be appreciated.

Below is a video walkthrough of the program. It's currently in beta and can be downloaded at Microsof't Download Center.

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Ambroos said,
I have a feeling Apple will be ****ed about it syncing all iTunes content...

Why? It isn't like it is breaking any DRM. iTMs has sold non-DRM tracks for awhile now...

The one time Apple got upset with something syncing with iTunes was with the Palm Pre. And that is because it appeared like an iPod in iTunes. Palm had disguised their device so it sync'd from within iTunes.

Shadrack said,

Why? It isn't like it is breaking any DRM. iTMs has sold non-DRM tracks for awhile now...

The one time Apple got upset with something syncing with iTunes was with the Palm Pre. And that is because it appeared like an iPod in iTunes. Palm had disguised their device so it sync'd from within iTunes.

Yes, which was actually against the terms of USB use as I recall...

Ambroos said,
I have a feeling Apple will be ****ed about it syncing all iTunes content...

Of course it doesn't since "all" iTMS content, anything that's locked with their DRM can't be played on a WP7 device anyways so the sync app doesn't show DRM'd files.

Ambroos said,
I have a feeling Apple will be ****ed about it syncing all iTunes content...

Ignoring DRM completely - Microsoft are using Apple's *official* APIs and methods for syncing with iTunes content. How can they be ****ed about that?

I hope that this is a nice stop-gap between now and when MS release Zune for Mac . That would be nice.

Common complaint about this piece of software is that it doesn't sync emails, contacts, or calendar info. But who doesn't sync those things wirelessly (via Exchange or whatever) these days anyway?

Shadrack said,
I hope that this is a nice stop-gap between now and when MS release Zune for Mac . That would be nice.

Common complaint about this piece of software is that it doesn't sync emails, contacts, or calendar info. But who doesn't sync those things wirelessly (via Exchange or whatever) these days anyway?

It's not like the Zune PC software syncs any of that either you know, it's all through the cloud services you use.

Holy cow - it looks like he's got every single piece of software ever made in his dock and menu bar.

On topic: It's cool that Microsoft have written a syncing app for WP7 for Mac. I'm glad they've done it properly - thankfully, there'll be no fighting like Palm's approach caused.

iKenndac said,
Holy cow - it looks like he's got every single piece of software ever made in his dock and menu bar.

On topic: It's cool that Microsoft have written a syncing app for WP7 for Mac. I'm glad they've done it properly - thankfully, there'll be no fighting like Palm's approach caused.

Yeah, I agree. And it might be me, but honestly I think the connector is a better way of doing this. It's more lightweight, but does everything you need. I wish Apple made a connector for Zune on Windows instead to be honest. Why should I need to have both installed?

I like it's syncing ability, it's much faster than iTunes with an iPod for example. There are just a lot of little bugs. If I decide to not sync music it actually removes all of it from the phone (but that might be intended) and I'm still wondering where on my Mac it puts the pictures from my phone.

Niels. said,
I like it's syncing ability, it's much faster than iTunes with an iPod for example.

yea, iphone/ipod syncing is SO BAD, I just HATE to sync my iphone ..