Using Zune Client to Sync Windows Phone Content

March 22, 2011, By Christian Cawley

Along with using Zune as your desktop media player, you can employ the software to perform its main task – syncing music and video to your Zune HD or Windows Phone.

The process for each is the same – Windows Phone 7 features Zune software in the Music & Videos Hub in much the same way as the iPod features media playing capabilities of the iPod Touch.

In order to get started syncing music and videos with your phone, you will first need to make sure you have a copy of the app from; once downloaded, this can be installed.

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Hooking Up to Zune Client

In order to sync your device to the Zune software, you will need to connect it to your PC via the included USB cable.

Soon your device will be recognised – detection of a Windows Phone device will be represented by a mobile phone icon in the lower left corner of the application window and the appearance of the Phone menu at the top of the screen.

On the Phone > Summary view you will see the available space and Total Space Used, while the View Sync Options screen lets you decide how to sync content. You can choose to sync music, videos, pictures and podcasts manually, or have all items synced; you can also specify items to synchronize.

Also in this view you can Erase all content from your phone, useful if you plan to sell it or start from scratch with synchronization.

Syncing Media between Zune and Windows Phone

In the Phone menu you will also be able to see the different types of content you have synced via the Music, Videos, Pictures and Podcasts views, and you can easily add to these.

From Collection, choose the type of content you want to synchronize and open that view. With the default Artists filter selected on the right you should see a list of all artists, albums and tracks, and any or all of these can be set to sync with your mobile device simply by left-clicking and dragging the item.

As an example, you might want to sync an entire item with your mobile device – so left-click and drag the item to the lower-left corner of the Zune player, dropping it on your phone icon. The complete works of individual artists can also be synced in this way, as can individual songs, although it is just as easy to right-click these items and select Sync with [DEVICENAME].

The same method should be used for syncing videos.

Playing Tracks on Your Windows Phone

Via the Music & Videos Hub on a Windows Phone 7 device you will find the data you have synced (if not, reconnect your phone) listed by type. The hub is split into Music, Videos, Podcasts, Radio and Marketplace, so you will be able to check MP3s and videos that you have synced with the phone via the first two options.

Meanwhile images can be viewed via the Pictures Hub, where they can be set as lock screen images, Pictures Hub backgrounds and shared via various social networking services and email.

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