Zune software version 4.8 now available to download

By Tom Warren, on 23rd Aug 11 5:59 pm with 75 Comments

Microsoft issued a Zune software update on Tuesday.

The new software is being made available in preparation of the release of new Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” handsets. Zune 4.8 fully supports Mango and brings a number of small changes to the interface and branding within Zune. Michael Gillett reports that Zune Pass has been renamed to Zune Music Pass in the latest software update. The user interface also includes larger margins around certain on-screen elements. “Most of the changes were designed to pave the way for the next version of Windows Phone, codenamed Mango,” said Microsoft’s Matt Akers in a blog post on Tuesday. “Our primary goal with this release was to make the Zune software the best companion for your Mango phone, so the team implemented a few new features and made a bunch of under-the-hood refinements and fixes, including several based on your feedback.” Microsoft also revealed the following changes in Zune 4.8:

  • 48-hour movie rentals
  • Parental Controls now support M-rated (Mature) content
  • Option to hide purchase confirmation dialog for faster app checkout
  • See what apps are compatible with the Windows Phone you own
  • rogressive updates: In Zune 4.8, you only have to click the update button once for multiple updates. Once an update is finished, the software automatically checks for more and repeats the installation process until your phone is completely up to date.
  • Streamlined backup. By synching media separately from other phone content, we’ve lowered the overall time it takes to back up your phone. The backup file is also more compact, so it should take up less space on your computer.
  • Skip phone backup: If you don’t have enough room on your computer to store a phone backup file, you’ll now have the option to skip this step so you’re not blocked from updating your phone.

Microsoft is slowly bringing Zune software, Windows Phones and the Zune Marketplace to a number of new countries. Zune 4.8 now supports 22 display languages, including Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English (US and UK), Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish. Zune 4.8 is also available in these countries or regions: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States. The software company also updated a location list (see below) on Monday to detail the availability of all Zune related services and products.

Zune 4.8 is available to download at Microsoft’s Download Center.

Zune location list

  • http://www.facebook.com/mohit.sachdeva Mohit Sachdeva

    India still doesn’t have an app marketplace!!!! WOW…..Microsoft is losing out on a pretty big market here!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/GriffinCoulter Griffin Coulter

      Not really actually. WP7 as of now are high end devices and India is one of the poorest countries in the world.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=611639321 Carlos Ribeiro Da Fonseca

      Oh yeah?

      Well, suppose only 1% of the indian population can afford one, that’s still at least 10 million people.

      India is a *big* country.

    • http://twitter.com/oolong2 oolong2

      Compared to the 60 million in the UK?  Not really…   And that’s 36K per capita as opposed to 3K….

      Plus India’s a much harder market to get into.  You have language issues, distribution issues, network connectivity problems and that translates into a lot of upfront costs.

      My guess is that Microsoft is preparing “Tango” and feature phones for that kind of market and will rely on Nokia which has had great success there.

    • http://twitter.com/oolong2 oolong2

      Compared to the 60 million in the UK?  Not really…   And that’s 36K per capita as opposed to 3K….

      Plus India’s a much harder market to get into.  You have language issues, distribution issues, network connectivity problems and that translates into a lot of upfront costs.

      My guess is that Microsoft is preparing “Tango” and feature phones for that kind of market and will rely on Nokia which has had great success there.

    • Guest

      Nokia is tanking in India like they are everywhere else.  

    • http://twitter.com/NorrathReaver Shane Nokes

      I think you missed the point Carlos was making. India has 1,000,000,000 people (yes a billion). So 1% of the UK would be 600,000 people…as opposed to 10,000,000 in India.

      India should be a bigger target to be honest…and the UK already is targeted so they should have thought bigger in my opinion.

    • http://twitter.com/oolong2 oolong2

      I got the point entirely.  However the fact is you’re working with 36K per capita vs 3K per capita.  You’re going to have well over 50% of the population able to purchase your high end toy vs. a tiny fraction in India.

      Even with the huge population in India you would likely still have more buyers in the UK.  And this is without the BIG upfront costs of language issues, distribution, and connectivity problems, and how many Indian’s listen to onlywestern music?  You would likely have to create a specific music services that deal more with Indian artists, licensing issues, contracts, etc.

      I just don’t think the costs are worth it for something like a Zune.

      The bigger market in India is phones because more people need them and more networks support it.

    • StockTrader

      And what the market is showing in countries like India people are choosing smartphone over PCs so while the market is not at wealthy smartphone penetration is faster.  

    • http://www.facebook.com/richeymeister Mark Richey

      Just read that Tango is targeted specifically at China and India. Designed for lower priced devices to make it all more economical in those markets. The marketplace will follow, but likely to wait until Tango is released.
      http://pocketnow.com/windows-phone/microsoft-confirms-windows-phone-tango-for-developing-nations

    • Guest

      LOL WP7 phones are selling for a penny on contract, that is not high end!

    • http://twitter.com/NorrathReaver Shane Nokes

      Indeed, and I’ve seen iPhone’s and Android phones go for free on a contract…guess what that means?

    • BillGates

      iPhone free on contract, I would even sigh up for that!

    • Entegy

      The app marketplace for WP7 is coming with Mango.

    • Prashant

      I can already access the Marketplace on my Mango developer build! Check this post http://prashantvc.wordpress.com/2011/03/07/is-wp7-marketplace-disabled-in-your-country/ you can access marketplace on Zune client too. Just wait for official release!

  • http://www.searingarrow.com AlienSix

    Our day of reckoning is upon us

  • http://www.searingarrow.com AlienSix

    Our day of reckoning is upon us

  • lhan16

    does this mean a zune could run wp7? or did I not understand this at all? :) It would be awesome to be able to have an ipod touch-like device that ran wp7 and had its apps!

    • Anonymous

      No, this is an update for the Zune software that runs on Windows, not the Zune HD mediaplayer.

  • lhan16

    does this mean a zune could run wp7? or did I not understand this at all? :) It would be awesome to be able to have an ipod touch-like device that ran wp7 and had its apps!

  • Leo

    Brazil! Shame we don’t have the Zune Marketplace. Booo Microsoft.

  • Leo

    Brazil! Shame we don’t have the Zune Marketplace. Booo Microsoft.

  • corknut

    Does the renaming of Zune Pass mean Zune Video Pass is coming?

    • http://twitter.com/npgmbr NPG MBR

      Now that would be hot!

    • Morgan

      And hopefully is priced in a way that I can do away with Netflix.

    • Anonymous

      M-soft is in the bidding for Hulu. And that would be awesome. 

    • Soundtweaker

      I heard MS backed out of negotiations. Buying Hulu would be a lisencing nightmare.

  • corknut

    Does the renaming of Zune Pass mean Zune Video Pass is coming?

  • http://twitter.com/Koki_v3 Koki_v3

    Does 4.8 no longer reinstall all your apps/games installed through Zune after a hard reset?

    • http://www.searingarrow.com AlienSix

      It needs to

    • http://twitter.com/Koki_v3 Koki_v3

      why

    • http://twitter.com/NorrathReaver Shane Nokes

      Anything purchased in the Zune software should reinstall…anything purchased via the phone never has been reinstalled.

  • http://twitter.com/maciejbesler Maciej Besler

    I have 4.8 in Polish and I can confirm Poland has marketplace working, with our currency.
    There’s loads of apps but none of which I currently have installed, so I guess I’ll pass on chaning accounts on my device.
    Odd thing is that things like Messenger by Miyowa, IMDB, Flixster and other big names are missing.
    Also, prices are higher than in US, but I’m guessing it could be due to 23% VAT.
    One way or another – I’m happy that it’s here, I’m unhappy with the result. No to mention there are some bugs with translation.

    • http://twitter.com/maciejbesler Maciej Besler

      Little stats: out of 35 installed apps, there are 4 available here. That’s just insane.

    • Anonymous

      Well I think that’s up to the developers. They are the ones who has to make their app available worldwide. We’ll probably see that happening over the comming weeks.

    • Anonymous

      They just allowed developers to submit apps to the newly supported countries last week, once Mango launches you’ll see them pop up ;).

    • http://twitter.com/maciejbesler Maciej Besler

      Also, is Social gone or just unavialable here? I can’t do squat with my profile now since buttons in software don’t go anywhere. What a mess.

    • http://twitter.com/Koki_v3 Koki_v3

      Social seems to be missing in the countries with no Zune Marketplace support.
      Apps are missing because developers will have to resubmit them for the new regions.
      And yeah, price is higher because of the taxes.

    • http://twitter.com/maciejbesler Maciej Besler

      That’s just plain stupid. They could’ve at least remove buttons like my profile etc. now they’re just there

    • http://twitter.com/NorrathReaver Shane Nokes

      Messenger by Miyowa isn’t needed since Messenger is now built into the OS with Mango.

  • http://www.twitter.com/wixostrix WixosTrix

    This wasn’t the update I was expecting.  Does this mean no Zune 5.0?  I wish they would just be clear about the future.

  • http://www.twitter.com/wixostrix WixosTrix

    This wasn’t the update I was expecting.  Does this mean no Zune 5.0?  I wish they would just be clear about the future.

    • http://twitter.com/mattweihl Matthew Weihl

      Yeah. I thought Zune 5.0 was coming this year too (Thurrott said it as well).

    • http://twitter.com/NorrathReaver Shane Nokes

      This is why you don’t listen to Thurrott. I’ve been correcting him on his blog for years and somehow he always manages to not listen…and wishes he had afterwards.

    • http://twitter.com/NorrathReaver Shane Nokes

      This is why you don’t listen to Thurrott. I’ve been correcting him on his blog for years and somehow he always manages to not listen…and wishes he had afterwards.

    • Morgan

      Everything I have seen about Zune 5 (by Paul and many others) was speculation that at the end of last year that they would release Zune 5 at the same time as the launch of Windows Phone. This didn’t happen as they simply released 4.7 to handle the new device. I honestly don’t think we will see Zune 5. There is much talk about rebranding Zune so I think they will basically wait and launch the software with the new branding.

    • Morgan

      Everything I have seen about Zune 5 (by Paul and many others) was speculation that at the end of last year that they would release Zune 5 at the same time as the launch of Windows Phone. This didn’t happen as they simply released 4.7 to handle the new device. I honestly don’t think we will see Zune 5. There is much talk about rebranding Zune so I think they will basically wait and launch the software with the new branding.

    • Morgan

      Everything I have seen about Zune 5 (by Paul and many others) was speculation that at the end of last year that they would release Zune 5 at the same time as the launch of Windows Phone. This didn’t happen as they simply released 4.7 to handle the new device. I honestly don’t think we will see Zune 5. There is much talk about rebranding Zune so I think they will basically wait and launch the software with the new branding.

    • Morgan

      Everything I have seen about Zune 5 (by Paul and many others) was speculation that at the end of last year that they would release Zune 5 at the same time as the launch of Windows Phone. This didn’t happen as they simply released 4.7 to handle the new device. I honestly don’t think we will see Zune 5. There is much talk about rebranding Zune so I think they will basically wait and launch the software with the new branding.

    • http://twitter.com/mattweihl Matthew Weihl

      Yeah. I thought Zune 5.0 was coming this year too (Thurrott said it as well).

  • http://www.twitter.com/wixostrix WixosTrix

    This wasn’t the update I was expecting.  Does this mean no Zune 5.0?  I wish they would just be clear about the future.

  • Grannyville7989

    I hope this fixes the problem where if I’m listening to a podcast and then close the player, when I start Zune again and want to resume the podcast, it hasn’t saved the latest time index. It can be very irritating at times.

    • http://www.facebook.com/richeymeister Mark Richey

      I have not experienced that problem at all. Always resumes at the proper oint for me.

  • Undisclosed

    dto credits will no longer be available on sept.

    • http://twitter.com/NorrathReaver Shane Nokes

      That’s a completely unfounded rumor. Where did you hear that from?

    • http://twitter.com/NorrathReaver Shane Nokes

      That’s a completely unfounded rumor. Where did you hear that from?

  • http://twitter.com/GriffinCoulter Griffin Coulter

    so is the zune music pass supported in canada yet then? im actually pretty confused here

    • Anonymous

      I think so

    • Anonymous

      I think so

    • Anonymous

      No, only Video Marketplace and WP7 Marketplace. But I think the plan is to expand the music marketplace to Canada shortly after Mango’s launch

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=611639321 Carlos Ribeiro Da Fonseca

    Well, time to reset the phone…

    • http://www.facebook.com/vascofo Vasco Ferraz de Oliveira

      Aviso já que apesar de dar para “comprar” apps (grátis) no desktop, o telemóvel ainda não tem acesso ao marketplace E as apps compradas no desktop não aparecem no telemóvel!!

  • Gornot

    270 MB for a media player? Jesus Christ!
    Did they finally include HE-AAC support? All my music is HE-AAC and Zune can’t properly play them.

    • Soundtweaker

      Time to go mp3.

    • http://twitter.com/NorrathReaver Shane Nokes

      That 270MB includes 32-bit & 64-bit full installs, multiple languages, and various other bits for supporting the device and such.

      If you grab the smaller installer from zune.net it’s about 100MB.

    • http://twitter.com/NorrathReaver Shane Nokes

      That 270MB includes 32-bit & 64-bit full installs, multiple languages, and various other bits for supporting the device and such.

      If you grab the smaller installer from zune.net it’s about 100MB.

    • Anonymous

      Actually it is the ZunePackage.exe that is 270MB. But when u extract it to a folder u end up with 290MB. PEACE!!!

  • Anonymous

    I could have told you that Zune Pass was renamed “Zune Music Pass”, and the implications of that change…

  • Anonymous

    “See what apps are compatible with the Windows Phone you own”
    Is this a function somewhere, or does it only show apps compatable with your device?Is there a way to show only Mango apps, for example?

  • Grannyville7989

    As the commenters Mac Rumors with every update to iTunes or Safari say, “Oooo it feels snappier” :-P

    • Guest

      it’s magical ;-).

  • Guest

    Is anyone else’s search function on Zune not working after the update? I mean the one where you just type and the semi-transparent box shows up and scrolls to the result.

  • Shiro

    I am confused. So are Zune HD players going away?  Are Zune player functions going to be incorporate the new WinMo 7 Mango phones?

  • http://twitter.com/Vanno94 Divanno Davis

    i wish they would come out with a zune hd2 or at least bring the zune to the mass markets

  • http://twitter.com/Vanno94 Divanno Davis

    i wish they would come out with a zune hd2 or at least bring the zune to the mass markets