Video: Windows Phone 7 and Zune PC software sync

PocketNow have released yet another video showing some of the features of Windows Phone 7. In the latest video Brandon Miniman shows how Windows Phone 7 devices will connect to the Zune PC software and some of the features this partnership has.

For those of you who have a Zune the software treats a Windows Phone in the same way, however for most people this connection will be new. The Zune software is the only way to transfer music, movies, photos and podcasts from a computer to a Windows Phone (without using the cloud).

To transfer any of the files to a Windows Phone 7 device the file can either be dragged down to the phone icon in the bottom left of the screen or by right clicking on the item and selecting “sync to [device name]”. As with Zune devices it is possible to sync a Windows Phone with the Zune software either by plugging the phone into the PC or by using wireless sync across one’s home network. In the video the wireless sync functionality doesn’t appear to be working, but this will be working when the devices are launched.

The Zune software will also be used to update the Windows Phone 7 devices when there are large updates to download and install. The phones will be able to download and install small updates over the air. It will also be possible to browse all the apps that are available for Windows Phone 7 within the Zune PC software; it is thought it will also be possible to buy the apps using the software.

The version of Zune that will be required to sync a Windows Phone 7 device with a PC will be 4.7 (the 7 is thought to have been used because of the 7 in the new version of Windows Phone). Zune 4.7 has a few other minor improvements (other than support for Windows Phone 7) including better navigation options for browsing photos.

Microsoft have not yet announced when Windows Phone 7 or Zune PC software 4.7 will be available. Neowin reported earlier this week that Microsoft is to hold a special event in London in October which Steve Ballmer will keynote and it is speculated that this might be a Windows Phone 7 related announcement. It is hoped by many that Microsoft will also announce the full availability of Zune around the world soon, currently it is US only.

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That BIG ASS CHUNK of LG phone is a real major turn off. I know it is just a sample, but ehhhh! I watched the video, and as usual nothing seems to be working. I guess Microsoft isn't ready as usual. Why is the PLUG IN at the TOP of the phone now? Another turn off.

@Michael Gillett: Did you try dragging the album onto the little device icon at the bottom of the window? That's how I usually sync with the device.

bj55555 said,
@Michael Gillett: Did you try dragging the album onto the little device icon at the bottom of the window? That's how I usually sync with the device.

Yes, I was only talking about the video. I know its possible to drag albums and entire playlists on to the device via the icon in the bottom left. I wish I could try this out with WP7 and Zune 4.7, currently I've had access to neither.

somethingelse said,
Absolutely typical! Refuses to install on Windows Server 2008 R2 ¬¬

Why would you install it on there?

There are three things I would absolutely love to see from Zune.
1. "Play To" from within Zune device app. I've seen recent, very cool, demos showing off Play To from a WP7 device but I'm not sure that is enabled in the Zune app itself.
2. Download podcasts over wifi/3g. I may be mistaken, but I think it may only sync podcasts with the PC that has Zune software installed.
3. Video Streaming via Zune Software. Basically bringing what is offered on XBox to the PC and integrating this with Media Center.

JohnCz said,
There are three things I would absolutely love to see from Zune.

2. Download podcasts over wifi/3g. I may be mistaken, but I think it may only sync podcasts with the PC that has Zune software installed.


You can set up any zune device (and i'm going to assume the WP7 version of it) to automatically update your podcasts over the network. yes you will be getting them on your computer but you won't have to go out of your way to sync podcasts.

sorry for double post but yes this means your computer has to be on to do it but its still an awesome feature..

yeah... that's my complaint about all the media devices. they automatically set-up a library, which I do not want. I want to be able to manually browse in my folders as I do in explorer. everyone has mp3s from ACDC, AC-DC and AC/DC... really anoying. ID3 tagz are hell to play with, especially in wmp.

Mouettus said,
yeah... that's my complaint about all the media devices. they automatically set-up a library, which I do not want. I want to be able to manually browse in my folders as I do in explorer. everyone has mp3s from ACDC, AC-DC and AC/DC... really anoying. ID3 tagz are hell to play with, especially in wmp.

I think they do it because the device keeps an indexed database of the music to make it more responsive.

Also, in the Zune software at least, you can just drag one artist on to another and it combines them for you. Problem solved.

Mouettus said,
yeah... that's my complaint about all the media devices. they automatically set-up a library, which I do not want. I want to be able to manually browse in my folders as I do in explorer. everyone has mp3s from ACDC, AC-DC and AC/DC... really anoying. ID3 tagz are hell to play with, especially in wmp.

I have 30gigs of music - all ripped from CDs. And I have never had a problem with ID3Tags.
BTW. Can i deactivate the download of additional informations for music files in Zune? Hate that feature in WMP - hate that feature alltogether...

MFH said,

I have 30gigs of music - all ripped from CDs. And I have never had a problem with ID3Tags.
BTW. Can i deactivate the download of additional informations for music files in Zune? Hate that feature in WMP - hate that feature alltogether...

yes, there's an option to turn off "automatically update album art and metadata"

wookietv said,

yes, there's an option to turn off "automatically update album art and metadata"


thanks, guess I'll check out Zune...

Mouettus said,
yeah... that's my complaint about all the media devices. they automatically set-up a library, which I do not want. I want to be able to manually browse in my folders as I do in explorer. everyone has mp3s from ACDC, AC-DC and AC/DC... really anoying. ID3 tagz are hell to play with, especially in wmp.

wow.. people really underestimate the awesomeness of zune. you can combine artists and album right in the software without editing tags. as long as you have one correct version of the artist/album you're good to go.

I must admit, the Zune software is great. I'm really glad they're using it for Windows Phone 7. Also, wireless syncing is an awesome feature (yes, I know it's already possible with the Zune HD).

Anaron said,
I must admit, the Zune software is great. I'm really glad they're using it for Windows Phone 7. Also, wireless syncing is an awesome feature (yes, I know it's already possible with the Zune HD).

It's possible with any Zune--not just the HD.

Microsoft should go crazy and create a Zune App for Android that works with this software. As long as they could DRM their DRM music or only work with non DRM music it should be fine. That'd be quite sweet.

ObiWanToby said,
Microsoft should go crazy and create a Zune App for Android that works with this software. As long as they could DRM their DRM music or only work with non DRM music it should be fine. That'd be quite sweet.

and give you no incentive to switch to Windows Phone.

I love the Zune software. So easy to use and the syncing with the Zune HD is well thought out, no headaches. Looks to be much the same with the phones which is great.

OceanMotion said,
I love the Zune software. So easy to use and the syncing with the Zune HD is well thought out, no headaches. Looks to be much the same with the phones which is great.

And that's just a small 4.7 update to the software, I can't wait to see what they add/do for v5.0.

Microsoft are always good at making good software but they have a tradition of making bad descisions first and then crappy softwares and then hear a lot of complaints and then loose market share and then finally make a good software.

You would think with all that Microsoft technology he would be using IE. I think even Microsoft can't stand using IE... explains why they made IE9 good. I'm glad they're starting to put a huge amount of effort into their products. Keep it up.

Purify said,
You would think with all that Microsoft technology he would be using IE. I think even Microsoft can't stand using IE... explains why they made IE9 good. I'm glad they're starting to put a huge amount of effort into their products. Keep it up.

i know. it's amazing what a company can do when they're losing market share lol

Purify said,
You would think with all that Microsoft technology he would be using IE. I think even Microsoft can't stand using IE... explains why they made IE9 good. I'm glad they're starting to put a huge amount of effort into their products. Keep it up.

Wait wait wait, You didn't even read the first line of the story? What gave you the idea that this video was from MS or someone working in MS? It's from pocketnow, a smartphone website, not MS.

Yeah that is something I am really annoyed about, I just want to plug in the phone as a storage card and drop tons of music

Since the storage system and sub system is using RAID kinda setup, it would be hard to write directly to the storage card too.

wrack said,
Yeah that is something I am really annoyed about, I just want to plug in the phone as a storage card and drop tons of music

Since the storage system and sub system is using RAID kinda setup, it would be hard to write directly to the storage card too.

When you plug in a WP7 device the zune software should open automatically I expect. After that you can just drag files to the phone icon and so on. I get how some might want it to show up as a drive, but it's not setup that way, at least for now so who knows. It doesn't however seem like a problem for anyone who's used a iPhone and had to live with that junk they call iTunes.

wrack said,
Yeah that is something I am really annoyed about, I just want to plug in the phone as a storage card and drop tons of music

Since the storage system and sub system is using RAID kinda setup, it would be hard to write directly to the storage card too.

Well it's hardly difficult is it? Just plug in your Phone, and then drag and drop the tons of music into Zune, and then drag it all onto the the phone?

Presumably the reason they do it is so the Zune PC software correctly catalogues your music and downloads metadata for all your artists onto your device (like biographies, photographs, similar artists, etc), and makes sure you have the correct album art.

~Johnny said,

Well it's hardly difficult is it? Just plug in your Phone, and then drag and drop the tons of music into Zune, and then drag it all onto the the phone?

Presumably the reason they do it is so the Zune PC software correctly catalogues your music and downloads metadata for all your artists onto your device (like biographies, photographs, similar artists, etc), and makes sure you have the correct album art.

There's no need to drag and drop music into the Zune client because it watches your music library just like WMP.

GP007 said,

It doesn't however seem like a problem for anyone who's used a iPhone and had to live with that junk they call iTunes.

The notable difference would be in the realm of integrating with other systems.

Right now it's pretty common for any car stereo with iPod support to also have USB support. For example, my brother's car has a dedicated iPod cord (in the glove box) which allows him to play music of his wife's iPod. It also has USB support which allows it to play music of anything that identifies itself as plain USB storage (which means he can also play music off his Nexus One).

By not supporting USB mass storage you're relegated to the AUX port which is usable but makes you lose the ability to control the music through your head unit or any auxiliary controls your car may provide (ie Steering wheel mounted buttons).

geoken said,

The notable difference would be in the realm of integrating with other systems.

Right now it's pretty common for any car stereo with iPod support to also have USB support. For example, my brother's car has a dedicated iPod cord (in the glove box) which allows him to play music of his wife's iPod. It also has USB support which allows it to play music of anything that identifies itself as plain USB storage (which means he can also play music off his Nexus One).

By not supporting USB mass storage you're relegated to the AUX port which is usable but makes you lose the ability to control the music through your head unit or any auxiliary controls your car may provide (ie Steering wheel mounted buttons).

It'll work perfectly through USB using Ford Sync.

thealexweb said,
So no drag and drop, well thats rubbish.

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Just like the Zune, you can drage ablums or songs and drop on the phone icons at lower left conner

Wireless sync has been there for ages in Windows Vista and Windows 7 namely in Windows Mobile Device Center and all WM6 WM6.5 devices supported that.

wrack said,
Wireless sync has been there for ages in Windows Vista and Windows 7 namely in Windows Mobile Device Center and all WM6 WM6.5 devices supported that.

I sync my wmo 6.5 phone wirelessly too.

Brent1700 said,

meh its nothing new all the zunes have it already
I don't think anyone knows that Zune can wirelessly sync with a PC. I had the old Zune (not HD) which I got as a gift which couldn't do this either.

Anyway, good thing the phones will have it.

Jebadiah said,
I don't think anyone knows that Zune can wirelessly sync with a PC. I had the old Zune (not HD) which I got as a gift which couldn't do this either.

Anyway, good thing the phones will have it.

My Zune 80 was able to do it. So I'm not sure which one you're talking about. I believe the old original Zune could've done it too.

neoxphuse said,

My Zune 80 was able to do it. So I'm not sure which one you're talking about. I believe the old original Zune could've done it too.

Yeah, I think some firmwire version brought this into the device.

Jebadiah said,
I don't think anyone knows that Zune can wirelessly sync with a PC. I had the old Zune (not HD) which I got as a gift which couldn't do this either.

Anyway, good thing the phones will have it.

I still have the Black Zune 30 (the original) and I can wireless sync . Love my Zune.

1st and biggest question.

Microsoft expects me to boot camp windows on my MBP if i get a Windows Phone 7?
Are they releasing OSX native sync software?

sanke1 said,
1st and biggest question.

Microsoft expects me to boot camp windows on my MBP if i get a Windows Phone 7?
Are they releasing OSX native sync software?

Its weird, my post appears first and says it was longer ago; but you said yours was first. I am just mind-blowned. How can it be??

sanke1 said,
1st and biggest question.

Microsoft expects me to boot camp windows on my MBP if i get a Windows Phone 7?
Are they releasing OSX native sync software?

There should be a OSX Sync app, but probably not a port of the Zune Software, I'm expecting something else for the start.

sanke1 said,
1st and biggest question.

Microsoft expects me to boot camp windows on my MBP if i get a Windows Phone 7?
Are they releasing OSX native sync software?

I think they won't release such a things. People will need to bootcamp their Mac and boot on Windows 7 and sync with Zune

GP007 said,

There should be a OSX Sync app, but probably not a port of the Zune Software, I'm expecting something else for the start.

Likely the same syncing app they used on Mac for the Kin I'm guessing.

~Johnny said,

Likely the same syncing app they used on Mac for the Kin I'm guessing.

That would make more sense, nothing fancy, just a basic sync tool.

MSfanboy said,

Its weird, my post appears first and says it was longer ago; but you said yours was first. I am just mind-blowned. How can it be??

I think when the poster said first and biggest question he was referring to the importance of the question not the place in which it showed up on the forum... Why do people care if their forum post is first or not anyway?

MSfanboy said,
Its weird, my post appears first and says it was longer ago; but you said yours was first. I am just mind-blowned. How can it be??
It's not weird because no one gives a rats ass who's first or not.