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  • Updated Mp3tag Sources for Zune 4.0

    Monday, October 05, 2009
    A new Zune release, a new updated set of sources for Mp3tag.  The instructions are the same as always: Download the latest Mp3tag Zune Marketplace Sources: Unzip the two .src files into %appdata%\Mp3tag\data\sources Click the Sources button in Mp3tag and you’re ready to rock! Two notes about this update: I renamed the sources to “Zune Marketplace” from just “Marketplace”, mostly to put it at the bottom of the list making it faster to select as well as giving Zune some branding love. Now this change may be a bummer for some, I no longer have a good end-point for
  • Now Using Silverlight 3.0

    Tuesday, September 15, 2009

    One criticism we get as a company is that on the day Silverlight 1.0 was launched we didn’t do a massive refactoring of all Microsoft media-based or media-containing sites to use Silverlight.  Since dry humor doesn’t often translate via blog I’m poking some fun at our critics with that statement.  Any technology transition takes time, even one we believe strongly in like Silverlight.  Given skill sets, market requirements and different time-frames it was never that surprising that the previous still used Flash.  It just made sense at the time.

    Today is a different story though, today we can count one more site as having come into the Silverlight fold, (This is just an excerpt, click the title for the full post)

  • Things I Heart About the Zune 4.0 Software

    Tuesday, September 15, 2009
    The next generation of Zune is here and as someone that has been fortunate enough to play with both the new software and a ZuneHD I wanted to share some of my favorite things in the new software.  More details on the ZuneHD itself to come, as while I wrote this post the software features kept piling up so I’ll save the hardware focused one for tomorrow. Quickplay This is the new landing page when you first open the software and you’re instantly given a rich, media-centric view that shows new items, your most recently listened to items as well
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  • Updated Mp3Tag source for Zune 3.0

    Sunday, September 21, 2008
    With the release of the new coolness otherwise known as the Zune 3.0 update a few people have let me know that my Mp3tag sources that hook into Marketplace data no longer work.  After a little digging the problem was that the Zune team put everything into a namespace thus breaking all the tags I was searching on.  A little search and replace magic and now we have an updated Get it while it’s hot! As an aside I was at the EMP, the Experience Music Project in Seattle which is like a huge museum/learning center centered around all
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  • ZuneKeys Updated for Zune 2.5 / Zune 3.0

    Wednesday, May 07, 2008
    Another new Zune client update, another ZuneKeys.  For those that don't know ZuneKeys gives you a few hotkeys to control playing and pausing the Zune software from any application (hence why they're called global hotkeys).  I stole the idea from WinAmp because I'm always needing to pause or skip tracks and it's much easier to do it with a quick Ctrl + Alt + Home rather than opening up the software and finding the pause button. It's a super-tiny 31k app.  Just unzip and run and it sits in your tray listening for a hotkey.  Uou can play, pause, stop,
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  • Hello Zune, We Meet Again

    Tuesday, May 06, 2008
    So "Meet Again" is a bit of a misnomer since I use my Zune everyday but each time an update comes out it always feels like I'm relearning the Zune all over again.  This time it's the Zune 2.5 Spring 2008 Update and like every previous update I have a love/hate relationship with it. The Love This is an interesting update because they've actually added a ton of new features but they're not all immediately obvious.  The feature that jumps out the most is the new video section in the marketplace which currently has TV episode purchases but I'm assuming
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  • Mp3tag 2.40 Released

    Monday, February 25, 2008
    Anyone that's using my Zune Marketplace Mp3tag source will probably want to upgrade to the latest version of Mp3tag, which as of today is 2.40!  I've been using the beta version for awhile and the tagging dialog is much better than in the original 2.39 release, easier to tag those albums where you only have a few of the tracks. Get it from the official download site. In a related note I've been using Mp3tag for about 2 years and I finally pulled the trigger and donated some dosh to this excellent free program.  Thanks to Florian Heidenreich for
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  • Zune Marketplace as a Mp3tag Source

    Monday, February 04, 2008
    Given that the current (and past) Zune software lacks any decent metadata editing I've been using Mp3tag to adjust the various tags as well as grab album art.  One cool feature of Mp3tag is that you can look up album information from a variety of online sources, most notably Amazon.  From there you can grab track listings and album art to help flush out your metadata. Only problem is that sometimes the Zune Marketplace files an album differently than Amazon which means it won't show up correctly in your ZuneTag (see mine in the upper-right).  After poking around with
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  • Mp3tag Action to Populate Album Artist

    Tuesday, January 08, 2008
    My favorite tag editor is Mp3tag and I use it at least a couple times a week to populate the album artist field that both WMP and Zune seem to depend upon for proper organization.  Instead of manually typing in each album artist field I use this handy script: $if(%band%,%band%,%artist%) Basically if the album artist field is already populated then I don't touch it, otherwise I transfer the value from the artist field into the album artist field.  Mp3tag calls the album artist field 'band' but I don't let that stop me.  If you feel like using it as well
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  • Zune Gadgets

    Saturday, December 15, 2007
    Playing with the new gadgets that were released with the latest Zune web-site update.  One thing I really like is that if you click an album or artist it'll show the tracks and if the Zune Marketplace has them available you can preview the music.  It's a pretty cool way to see what others are listening to and get a quick sample, all without needing to have the Zune software installed.  Here's the big version of mine:
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