Microsoft has kick started speculation that it may be preparing to support the Zune HD on Apple’s Mac OS X operating system.
The speculation started after a forum member at anythingbutipod.com managed to trick the Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac software to identify and sync Zune HD devices. Nathan posted the following instructions over at anythingbutipod.com:
- Download Windows Phone 7 Connector
- Open Windows Phone 7 Connector and then quit it to generate preference files. (Quit in the menubar icon, too)
- Open the Terminal (if you can’t find it, just type “Terminal” in Spotlight) and paste in the following: defaults write com.microsoft.Windows-Phone-7-Connector ZuneEnabled -bool YES
- Push [Enter]
- Open Windows Phone 7 Connector and…
Microsoft chief Zune HD evangelist, Dave McLauchlan, replied to the thread with the following:
“The Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac software is in beta right now. That means there may or may not be features released in the final version that appear (or do not appear as the case may be) in an earlier beta.
I’m not going to comment specifically on this feature, but surely it isn’t a surprise that beta software releases might be less featured than their final “gold” versions?”
The wording of McLauchlan’s post seems to suggest that the final version of Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac may support Zune HD officially. The Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac, released in October, allows Mac users to sync their Windows Phone 7 devices with iTunes and iPhoto. Windows Phone 7 Mac users are able to sync Music, Videos and Photos to their phones.
The Windows Phone Connector sits on top of Apple’s iTunes/iPhoto for Mac and interacts with both software programs using public APIs. Microsoft says it has not had to work with Apple in order to implement the connector. The install package is extremely lightweight at only 1.5MB. It’s not designed to replace the Zune experience from the PC and we hope that Microsoft considers writing a full Zune application for Mac in the future. Microsoft says it will ship a final version of the Connector later this year.