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Using the Zune on my Powerbook G4?


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Hello this is my first post. I work at radioshack and after seeing the Zune and the IPOD upclose and playing with both of them I decided on the Zune. I like the bigger screen. I liked the fact that it wouldnt scratch. I also liked the subscription music service. Also the whole wireless just sounded awesome

Anyway, I get it home and hook it up with my desktop PC. (AMD X2 4200, 7800GT, 2GB of RAM) and it works just fine. Set up my subscription to the market place. get a few songs and sync it all up. Everything is workin perfect. I love it. But then comes to problem. I plug it in to my laptop. a Powerbook G4.. it won't even recognize it.. Apple didn't make any drivers to recognize the zune?!~?! anyone else havin this problem? I'll never switch to the ipod after usin this zune.. but I really want to be using it on my Powerbook since thats what i'll bring to college with me.
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Nope can't use the Zune with Apple's

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What I did was bring it into BESTBUY GEEK SQUAD and they were able to load on the special drivers that they had developed. You will need to reformat your hard drive but after that everything works perfect!!!!!!!!!
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it's up to microsoft to make their product compatible with mac hardware. just like it was apple's decision after a couple years to finally make ipods pc compatible. don't blame apple on this one.

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TRIPPINMONKEY yes you can but you need special driver cd version.
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it's up to microsoft to make their product compatible with mac hardware. just like it was apple's decision after a couple years to finally make ipods pc compatible. don't blame apple on this one.
Yeah like the Zune can just automatically put some drivers into your Comp.. psssssh, its up to mac to get a driver are you serious?

anyway.. I dont wanna get into a mac vs PC battle I have both and love both. I like the PC for gaming and the Mac for workin.
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What I did was bring it into BESTBUY GEEK SQUAD and they were able to load on the special drivers that they had developed. You will need to reformat your hard drive but after that everything works perfect!!!!!!!!!

Honestly, I don't believe you.

1) best buy geek squad doesn't develop anything
2) http://www.zune-online.com/mac-and-linux.html

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so, when the ipod first came out and wasn't pc compatible, why was that do you think?

apple did not build into the firmware of the ipod the ability to communicate with windows. it was apple who decided to do it after some time (i believe with the G4, but i could be wrong).

microsoft chose not to build in compatibility with macs.

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Yeah like the Zune can just automatically put some drivers into your Comp.. psssssh, its up to mac to get a driver are you serious?

Apple doesn't have to develop anything to support microsofts products.

Apple created iTunes and the drivers for the iPod to work on PC's.
If Microsoft wants to the Zune to work on OS X they would have to make their own software for it to work.

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Knew something was fishy with two guys making their first posts in the same thread. It was the same person

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i kind of figured it might be.

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Honestly, I don't believe you.

1) best buy geek squad doesn't develop anything
2) http://www.zune-online.com/mac-and-linux.html
Yeah I feel the same way.

And what is this Reformat your Macs drive? To what? NTFS?

It's up to Microsoft to make the Zune work with Macs or Linux. The ball is in their court. I was glad Apple did that with the iPod as it allows everyone to enjoy it.

Edit, Good Job trpnmonkey41! Looked fishy to me also. I do not have much respect for Geek Squad after what they did to friends of mine.
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actually, if some one knows how it works, they can develop drivers for OS X. There's people out there with the ability to do it.

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actually, if some one knows how it works, they can develop drivers for OS X. There's people out there with the ability to do it.
I agree. Sure someone could write a driver, I just don't believe Geek Squad did. The Zune is a nice player. I hope support for OSX comes soon as there are people who have Zune's that love OSX.

For my own usage I prefer the iPod's interface, but the Zune is not bad at all.
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