There are two things about the Zune that are holding it back. One is the DRM and the other is it's inability to be used as a mass storage device.
Step 1: Enable disk Use:
The iPod allows you to use it as a portaable hard drive, now you can use the Zune the same way!
1. Make sure your Zune is not plugged in and your Zune software isn't running
2. open up regedit by going to the start menu and selecting "run". Type regedt32 and hit "OK"
3. Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\System\\ControlSet001\\Enum\\USB\\
4. Search for "PortableDeviceNameSpace". This should be contained in the Vid_####&Pid_####\\########_-_########_-_########_-_########\\Device Parameters within the above ...\\USB\\ The ##'s listed here will be numbers and letters specific to your Zune
5. Change the following values:
6. Plug in your Zune, and make sure the Zune Software starts up.
7. Hopefully at this point you can open up "My Computer" and browse your device, though it does NOT show up as a drive letter.
Step 2: Getting files onto your Zune:
1. Complete steps 1-6 of the PC Registry Mod above.
2. Connect the Zune to your PC and launch the PC software.
3. Press the "Start Sync" button in the PC software. This temporarily allows files and folders to be added to the Zune during sync. Drag and drop files into the Zune, avoid placing files on the root of the Zune file structure.
Step 3: Transferring other files with the wi-fi:
1. Rename the extension of any file to .jpg
2. Drag and drop the file into "received pictures" using Windows file explorer.
3. Send the file Zune to Zune as if it were a photo. In this case we had to send an entire folder. We sent 4 good photos and one .pdf file with a .jpg extension. If the single (fake) photo is sent alone an error is detected.
4. The receiving Zune should sync with the Zune software. The file can then be opened in it's containing folder and renamed to the original extension.
This tutorial is hot off the press Nov 24 2006. There are probably ways to smooth things out and make it more user friendly but so far we've posted the 1st thing proven to work. Currently this technique is much more complex than just owning a memory stick and using that to share data with friends. This technique will not bypass any DRM on any protected files.
Now, it is important to note that this is a rather "hands-on" type of hack and requires a good amount of leg-work to use. It is a step in the right direction though!
If you read my earlier article about the indie band who wants to use the Zune to share their music without DRM attached they now have an option!
They can zip all of their music up into one file and rename it indiebandzip.jpg and put it in a folder with a jpg of the bands cover art.
They can then share this image and the fake image.
When the audience member gets home they can move the indiebandzip.jog file onto their PC and rename it to a zip file. Then they unzip it and have the music!