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Yeah, everything that could go wrong with a Microsoft-made thing went wrong.

I could have bought an iPod, where all I do is plug it in and sync, but nooo, I bought a Zune. I plug it into my computer, oh joy, it's charging. Once it charges up, I try downloading the Zune software for it via official website. Download slowed down at exponential increments until it kept a steady pace of 15-20kbps. By the way, this is a 300mb download. The first download was corrupted, so I downloaded it again. I try installing it to discover that it uses the Microsoft Installer system (msi files), which is a system that doesn't work on my administrative account, so I have to use a secondary account to work properly. So I switch users and try to install it over there, but the installations continues to spew out random errors. [all this took ~6 hours if you include the download time]

So I then decide to use a hacked-up portable version of the Zune software. Download it, extract it, and it works! However, now I need to make XP recognize that what I'm plugging in is in fact a Zune. 2 hours and countless Googles later, I find a direct download for the Zune drivers. I download, extract, and they're there! I try to get windows to direct its attention there, but to no avail. That's where I am now.

It should have just been a 5 minute thing where I plug a Zune in and sync, but it's been over 7 hours of pointless work. Oh, how I miss my iPod touch... best device I've ever used, hands down.

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Yeah, everything that could go wrong with a Microsoft-made thing went wrong.

I could have bought an iPod, where all I do is plug it in and sync, but nooo, I bought a Zune. I plug it into my computer, oh joy, it's charging. Once it charges up, I try downloading the Zune software for it via official website. Download slowed down at exponential increments until it kept a steady pace of 15-20kbps. By the way, this is a 300mb download. The first download was corrupted, so I downloaded it again. I try installing it to discover that it uses the Microsoft Installer system (msi files), which is a system that doesn't work on my administrative account, so I have to use a secondary account to work properly. So I switch users and try to install it over there, but the installations continues to spew out random errors. [all this took ~6 hours if you include the download time]

So I then decide to use a hacked-up portable version of the Zune software. Download it, extract it, and it works! However, now I need to make XP recognize that what I'm plugging in is in fact a Zune. 2 hours and countless Googles later, I find a direct download for the Zune drivers. I download, extract, and they're there! I try to get windows to direct its attention there, but to no avail. That's where I am now.

It should have just been a 5 minute thing where I plug a Zune in and sync, but it's been over 7 hours of pointless work. Oh, how I miss my iPod touch... best device I've ever used, hands down.

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Yeah, everything that could go wrong with a Microsoft-made thing went wrong.

I could have bought an iPod, where all I do is plug it in and sync, but nooo, I bought a Zune. I plug it into my computer, oh joy, it's charging. Once it charges up, I try downloading the Zune software for it via official website. Download slowed down at exponential increments until it kept a steady pace of 15-20kbps. By the way, this is a 300mb download. The first download was corrupted, so I downloaded it again. I try installing it to discover that it uses the Microsoft Installer system (msi files), which is a system that doesn't work on my administrative account, so I have to use a secondary account to work properly. So I switch users and try to install it over there, but the installations continues to spew out random errors. [all this took ~6 hours if you include the download time]

So I then decide to use a hacked-up portable version of the Zune software. Download it, extract it, and it works! However, now I need to make XP recognize that what I'm plugging in is in fact a Zune. 2 hours and countless Googles later, I find a direct download for the Zune drivers. I download, extract, and they're there! I try to get windows to direct its attention there, but to no avail. That's where I am now.

It should have just been a 5 minute thing where I plug a Zune in and sync, but it's been over 7 hours of pointless work. Oh, how I miss my iPod touch... best device I've ever used, hands down.

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Yeah, everything that could go wrong with a Microsoft-made thing went wrong.

I could have bought an iPod, where all I do is plug it in and sync, but nooo, I bought a Zune. I plug it into my computer, oh joy, it's charging. Once it charges up, I try downloading the Zune software for it via official website. Download slowed down at exponential increments until it kept a steady pace of 15-20kbps. By the way, this is a 300mb download. The first download was corrupted, so I downloaded it again. I try installing it to discover that it uses the Microsoft Installer system (msi files), which is a system that doesn't work on my administrative account, so I have to use a secondary account to work properly. So I switch users and try to install it over there, but the installations continues to spew out random errors. [all this took ~6 hours if you include the download time]

So I then decide to use a hacked-up portable version of the Zune software. Download it, extract it, and it works! However, now I need to make XP recognize that what I'm plugging in is in fact a Zune. 2 hours and countless Googles later, I find a direct download for the Zune drivers. I download, extract, and they're there! I try to get windows to direct its attention there, but to no avail. That's where I am now.

It should have just been a 5 minute thing where I plug a Zune in and sync, but it's been over 7 hours of pointless work. Oh, how I miss my iPod touch... best device I've ever used, hands down.

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People might flame the iPod and iTunes for a lot of things but it's one of the best examples of software/hardware interfacing on the common market today. I've had more trouble getting a USB flash drive to "talk" to my PC than I have my iPod.

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People might flame the iPod and iTunes for a lot of things but it's one of the best examples of software/hardware interfacing on the common market today. I've had more trouble getting a USB flash drive to "talk" to my PC than I have my iPod.

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People might flame the iPod and iTunes for a lot of things but it's one of the best examples of software/hardware interfacing on the common market today. I've had more trouble getting a USB flash drive to "talk" to my PC than I have my iPod.

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People might flame the iPod and iTunes for a lot of things but it's one of the best examples of software/hardware interfacing on the common market today. I've had more trouble getting a USB flash drive to "talk" to my PC than I have my iPod.

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Oh, how I miss my iPod touch... best device I've ever used, hands down.
What happened to your iPod Touch?

Stolen...

However, I put a passcode on it, so the guy who stole it never got to access my data (without the code, you need to delete all the information on the iPod before you can use it again).

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Oh, how I miss my iPod touch... best device I've ever used, hands down.
What happened to your iPod Touch?

Stolen...

However, I put a passcode on it, so the guy who stole it never got to access my data (without the code, you need to delete all the information on the iPod before you can use it again).

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Oh, how I miss my iPod touch... best device I've ever used, hands down.
What happened to your iPod Touch?

Stolen...

However, I put a passcode on it, so the guy who stole it never got to access my data (without the code, you need to delete all the information on the iPod before you can use it again).

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Oh, how I miss my iPod touch... best device I've ever used, hands down.
What happened to your iPod Touch?

Stolen...

However, I put a passcode on it, so the guy who stole it never got to access my data (without the code, you need to delete all the information on the iPod before you can use it again).

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Stolen...

However, I put a passcode on it, so the guy who stole it never got to access my data (without the code, you need to delete all the information on the iPod before you can use it again).

Ouch, that sucks it was stolen. Where was it stolen at?

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Stolen...

However, I put a passcode on it, so the guy who stole it never got to access my data (without the code, you need to delete all the information on the iPod before you can use it again).

Ouch, that sucks it was stolen. Where was it stolen at?

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Stolen...

However, I put a passcode on it, so the guy who stole it never got to access my data (without the code, you need to delete all the information on the iPod before you can use it again).

Ouch, that sucks it was stolen. Where was it stolen at?

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Stolen...

However, I put a passcode on it, so the guy who stole it never got to access my data (without the code, you need to delete all the information on the iPod before you can use it again).

Ouch, that sucks it was stolen. Where was it stolen at?

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@Gamer_World14: 1st period Algebra II. Sadly, I know just about every single person in that room relatively well...

Or he could sit there forever typing in each and every permutation. Or just hack it. Or sell it on.

Hehe, I was typing all that while my Zune was freezing up while attempting to play a song :)

However, I think I solved the problem with my Zune. Sorta. Instead of trying to make it work seamlessly with the Zune software, I went into the Device Manager for XP and changed the identity to an MTP device (don't ask what the acronym is for; I don't even know), basically downgrading the Zune to a generic portable object, allowing me to add files to it through drag-n-drop like a normal hard drive :)

I don't mean to sound like an Apple fanboy, but this doesn't happen with a Mac. I know a few people who own Hackintosh PCs (running OS X on 3rd party hardware), and even those are reliable systems.

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