Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have a Zune HD (don't ask).

Is there any alternative to using this in Ubuntu besides creating a virtual Windows environment (in say Virtual Box or VMWare) and running the Zune software there?

share|improve this question
If it makes you feel any better. iPods aren't all that great in Linux either. – Cody Harlow Aug 6 '10 at 0:47
Voted you up for making me feel better :) – rifferte Aug 6 '10 at 0:54
I was under the impression that the Zune HD was supposed to be a (relatively, at least) good device? – David Thomas Aug 14 '10 at 16:12
It is a decent device - it is just not a very "open" device and therefore you are locked into using the Zune software on Windows to move media onto it. – rifferte Aug 18 '10 at 3:32
@Alaukik: personally, I tend to expect rrational argument, as opposed to flame-bait and brand-bias... =/ – David Thomas Apr 26 '11 at 16:53
up vote 7 down vote accepted

From what I understand, no one has been able to crack the ZMTP protocol. So unfortunately you have no other options.

My poor friend is facing the same problem. :(

share|improve this answer

Zune doesn't work with Wine (the Windows-Linux compatibility layer) and Windows Phone devices don't feature USB storage mode so your only option regarding Zune really is running it in Virtual Box + Windows.

Detailed information:

How to sync my music and photos with Windows Phone 7 device?

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.