How To Work the Zune on a Linux Operating System

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For Linux users who own Microsoft Zune MP3 players, compatibility has always been a problem. With a little work however, it is possible for you to sync to your computer, even if you happen to be using the Linux operating system. What you’ll need to do is use VMware, a program that allows you to run another operating system within your standard system. Don’t worry, this isn’t complicated at all, but you may need to spend some money as VMware is not a free program. You will need a USB 1.1 hub as well, but the good news is that they aren’t expensive.

To sync to your computer:

  1. Download and install software. It’s a virtual machine program that emulates a PC. This means you can use it to install and run Microsoft Windows on a machine that uses Linux. You can evaluate this system free for 30 days:
  2. Install Windows XP in the program. After installing, you will need to set up your virtual machine and install Windows on it. The program wizard will give you easy-to-follow directions to walk you through the process.
  3. Unload your USB 2.0 driver or purchase a USB 1.1 hub. In order to sync, you will have to be using a USB 1.1 port. If your ports are all 2.0, you will have to get a 1.1 hub. If you are computer savvy, you can unload the 2.0 driver, which will make your ports 1.1.
  4. Run Windows Media Player. You may need to install Windows Media Player if it isn’t installed already. Once it’s installed, simply run it as usual, only within the program.
  5. Plug your Zune into your USB 1.1 port and sync as normal. Running the new software, you can now sync your MP3 player to your Linux operated computer.

As you can see, this is not a perfect fix, and having to use USB 1.1 can be frustrating as it goes so slow. It does, however, get the job done. VMware may update their software so that you can use USB 2.0. This will not only remove one of the steps in the process, but will make the synching process go a lot faster as well.


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