I don't know what the general feeling towards the Zune software is, but for me it's somewhat of a bittersweet feeling...mostly sweet mind you but bittersweet all the same. I love the navigation system of the software, the artist bios, the awesome artist photo visualization (which took me a while to discover), and the integration with Zune marketplace (even though I don't purchase from it). I feel like the Zune software gave me a lot more control over what I sync with my Zune, something that I didn't like about iTunes. I love that I can sync my lossless audio without it automatically downgrading my audio so it can cram as much music on my device as possible.
I feel like the Zune's software's greatest drawback is it's sluggishness. I'm running it on a 2.66 GHz Core 2 duo processor and 4 gigs of RAM, as well as 256 MB Nvidia Geforce graphics card. I'm also running it in the Windows 7 RC, which is quite a bit more snappy than Vista. After all of this however, it stills lags behind ever so slightly. I would note that I'm running the software on the "premium" graphics setting.
My hope is that a software update will be pushed with the release of the new Zune HD (which I plan on buying). I'd like to see the software become a little more snappy, as well as fix some of the wonky album information issues (I'm a stickler for album art). What would you like to see in a Zune software update?
Definitely a Vista-> Win 7 speed upgrade. If Microsoft wants to get more market share with 7 in lower-power computers like netbooks, the Zune software should also follow that lead. My computer is slow as crap; even on the lowest graphical setting I have to minimize the program to keep the music from skipping while playing because of the overload it gives my computer (granted, this computer is 7 years old, but it runs Windows 7 pretty well).
Other than that? A true games store. Beyond that I can't think of much to add.
What types of issues have you had with album information as I have never had any. I use mp3tag and Zune Marketplace as my tag source. I have the software set to not update any of my music's information because as I add it, it already has everything the Marketplace has. To turn off the updating of music information go to Settings > Collection (Default) and make sure that under the Media info heading the box for automatically update the album art and metadata is unchecked.
Way cool thanks for the links. My problem is that i have a pretty extensive digital music collections (at least compared to most people) at almost 8000 songs. It takes quite a while to go through my collection and check the accuracy of metadata. I've been editing it all through the Zune software previously but I think I might check out that program.
I do have my settings configured to automatically replace all media information. Some of the problems I've had with album art is that the art it finds on Zune marketplace will be the "alternate" album art. This happened to me for the Black Eyed Peas new album and also for MGMT's album Oracular Spectacular, just to name a few. More often than that, though, Zune just won't update my information at all. I'll have to right click and click "find album information". What's weird is the information is there, it just doesn't update automatically. A handful of times Zune has updated my albums with completely wrong album art and information (this has only happened probably 10 times max in the 2 -ish years I've been using Zune software).
Hey so I'm trying to get mp3tag working with zune marketplace as a source... my understanding is that the source is outdated and doesn't work anymore for zune 3.1 (which is what I have). I put the source files in the correct directory and they aren't showing up in mp3tag. Any advice? Or am I doing something wrong?
If you are on XP hit the windows key + r and paste "%appdata%mp3tagdatasources" in the box without the quotes, if you are on Vista/7 I do believe you just put that in the search box in the start menu. Put the src files into that folder. The 3.0 files work with the 3.1 software. There was some back end work done for 3.0 so a new src file was needed after that. It might change again after 4.0 I don't know.
I have around 7000 songs too, it sucks to have to do it but most of mine are full albums so it didn't take too long.
I have turned off the update missing information setting in the Zune software. I tried using your link to get to that folder location and it didn't work (it tells me that its not a valid path). I put the source files under program files/mp3tag/data/sources. This is apparently the wrong location because marketplace is not showing up as a tag source in the mp3tag software.
I hear the Zune HD will ship with new sofftware, v4.0 code named Dorado (spelling?). And yes I hope its faster too ;) At the same time I hope they don't change too much - I have reasonably new and fast systems and I love the software. It looks excellent and is very functional. Looking forward to new features like pinning albums in the software as well as better social integration like ability to follow an artist and get artist updates in the software (i never use the web site).
My only hope is that the meta data editor/search is improved with 4.0. I have been fighting with one bands metadata and it keeps taking me to the various artist page when I hit the more info about blank artist option. I have been using Mp3tag and the Zune Marketplace source but can't seen to get the end result I want. Sorry about that little rant but I also want to see improvement with the actual software speed and the sluggishness I get when it goes to artist image screen saver.
I hear ya... I listen to a fair amount of upcoming or lesser known bands and Zune has trouble keeping up with them. But where it really hurts is when Zune can't keep up with information that they *should* have. There have been times when I've seen an album on the new releases section of the marketplace, then when I get the album and try to find its media information its not even in the database.
I've also come in counter with the going to "Various Artists" page after clicking more info about an artist. It's definitely annoying.
I'm optimistic about Zune 4.0 but something tells me they won't be fixing their database issues. From what they're touting it'll mostly be aesthetic stuff and the addition of HD movies.