Using Zune Client as Your Media Player

March 22, 2011, By Christian Cawley

Among the options for media player apps for Windows 7 is the Zune client, intended as a sync tool for Zune and Windows Phone 7 hardware that is also very useful for managing your music, videos and pictures collection.

Whether or not the application will be offered as a full replacement for Windows Media Player in future is not yet apparent – however Zune is more regularly updated than WMP, and is an integral part of Microsoft’s dynamic with Windows Phone 7. It also provides media synchronization with Xbox 360 consoles.

But you don’t have to have a Zune player or Windows Phone to take advantage of the Zune client as anyone can use it on their Windows PC – just visit to download your copy.

Using Zune client as your media player

Getting Started with Zune Client – Building Your Library

When you first run Zune, the first thing you will see is the Quickplay screen, where your most recently played media is displayed. You can decide what to play via Collection > Music, where any MP3s on your PC should be listed. If not, go to Settings > Software > Collection and next to Music click Manage to Add new locations into your library of MP3s.

The same procedure should be used to add Pictures, Videos and Podcasts to the library. Once added, these will be browsable from the corresponding section of the Collection view.

Playlists and Playing Music with Zune Client

MP3s can be enjoyed in Zune client via Collection > Music, where tracks are by default listed by Artists, although you might also choose Genres, Albums, Songs and Playlists.

Playing tracks is a simple case of selecting the album or song and right-clicking and selecting Play or simply selecting and pressing the Play button in the lower-right corner of the window.

One cool way of search for songs in Zune is to left click into the pane you want to search (for instance, in Artists view you might search Artists, Albums and Songs) and start typing the name of the artist, album or song you want to listen to.

You can also create audio playlists with Zune by dragging tracks to the Playlist icon in the lower-left corner of the application window, while a New playlist or a New autoplaylist can also be created, the latter designed to pick a random selection of tunes from your music library.

Ripping CDs with Zune Client

In addition to all of these options you can also add new tracks to your PC by inserting a CD and going to Disc (a contextual menu item that will only appear when a disc is present). The contents of the disc in question and its corresponding album art will be displayed, and all you need to do is use the checkboxes to decide whether you want to rip the audio tracks or not and then select Start Rip.

Within a few minutes the tracks will be ripped to your PC, the format of which can be specified in Settings > Software > Rip. You can also choose to Rip CD automatically when inserted, as well as instruct Zune to Eject CD after ripping. Songs will be ripped to the first location in your Music library.

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