Microsoft releases Zune 4.8 software

While Windows Phone 7 users still wait for Microsoft and its various wireless carriers to release the big "Mango" update, the company has announced on its Windows Phone blog site that it has issued a new update for Zune software that links the phone to the PC. The update brings the Zune program up to version 4.8 and can be downloaded manually from Microsoft's web site. Current users can update their current version by clicking on  Settings, then Software, then General, and then click Check For Updates.

According to the blog site, much of the 4.8 update for Zune was to prepare for the big Mango operating system update. One change is that this new version eliminates the need to click on the update button multiple times in order to be sure you have the latest version. The 4.8 version will now automatically check and, if needed, download multiple versions of the software until it has installed the latest version. The new version also syncs up your media files seperately from the rest of the phone; this should speed up backup times. It also allows Windows Phone 7 users to skip a phone backup if there's not enough space on their PC to store the backup file.

The Zune 4.8 update also has a few more minor new features including 48 hour movie rentals and being able to restrict mature content via Parental Controls. The update also adds a number of new countries and languages as well as "vast improvements in text entry and sorting for many Asian languages."

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I have the Mango Zune, so i need uninstall it and download from the Zune website again? Since it says there are no updates.

Xerax said,
I have the Mango Zune, so i need uninstall it and download from the Zune website again? Since it says there are no updates.
I got an update and I was in the same boat as you, check windows updates it was there too.

Xerax said,
I have the Mango Zune, so i need uninstall it and download from the Zune website again? Since it says there are no updates.
I got an update and I was in the same boat as you, check windows updates it was there too.

zikalify said,
I got an update and I was in the same boat as you, check windows updates it was there too.

Yah, it's under optional updates

Xerax said,
I have the Mango Zune, so i need uninstall it and download from the Zune website again? Since it says there are no updates.
Nevermind, it seems you just need to download and install. No need to un-install anything

Updated already, haven't seen noticed anything performance wise but it wasn't slow for me before. The timing is good though, MS has always pushed out a Zune Client update before the WP update started coming out. Good stuff, can't wait to officially get mango on my phone.

GP007 said,
Updated already, haven't seen noticed anything performance wise but it wasn't slow for me before. The timing is good though, MS has always pushed out a Zune Client update before the WP update started coming out. Good stuff, can't wait to officially get mango on my phone.

Yeah, this is great news. I hope Mango comes out soon.

Prepare your phones people. How long does microsoft take to approve apps? Just add that amount onto 22nd august and expect the rollout then also if your phone is carrier branded, enjoy waiting around

zikalify said,
Prepare your phones people. How long does microsoft take to approve apps? Just add that amount onto 22nd august and expect the rollout then also if your phone is carrier branded, enjoy waiting around

Curse you, you evil ******!

j/k

cleverclogs said,
I don't get any change to the marketplace - still no music etc. in Australia.

Probably going to go live when Mango does, the updated Zune marketplace support is tied to the update so expect it to happen close to each other. Updating the client today is just the first step for those who aren't devs etc.

I just keep hoping Microsoft will do something about the live accounts created/set to other countries so we all can change the billing address and information, regardless of the country the account is "tied" to.

I keep telling myself that they will introduce that change once Mango is released to general consumption but I honestly don't know. I'm thinking about making a new live account, use it as a temporary one, change my xbox/zune details to that account, then change the country in the old one and re-add xbox/zune. I read a Microsoft employee blog post and he did just that and it worked well for him.

/frustration

wait, so whenever you plug-in a phone and it detects that updates are available it installs them right away without confirmation? this is bad. what if I don't have time for this or don't have enough space for backup (assuming I really need one)?

х.iso said,
wait, so whenever you plug-in a phone and it detects that updates are available it installs them right away without confirmation? this is bad. what if I don't have time for this or don't have enough space for backup (assuming I really need one)?

I think this is more like only one confirmation box rather than several - it will still tell you an update is available and you'll still need to click update, but only once - then it will bring your phone right upto date with the latest version (this would only be an issue if your running 2 or more updates behind).

/Spelling

When editing metadata their is now a button/field named Sort. I can't find any info or what it's for and entering data in it doesn't seem to do anything! Can anyone shed light?

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