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Old 02-15-2007, 03:45 AM
Darius Wey
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Default Defying the Laws of Physics: Zune on a Mac

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Zune on a Mac? Yes, it's possible - and no, I'm not talking about the Boot Camp workaround. Parallels Desktop for Mac makes it easy to run Windows and Mac OS simultaneously, although unlike older virtualization products such as Microsoft's retired Virtual PC for Mac, Parallels Desktop offers an extra set of features that take the virtualization experience to the next level. The latest beta offers a new mode known as Coherence, which blends Windows with Mac OS to create an ultimate desktop environment where interaction is seamless. Both Windows and Mac applications appear on a single desktop and co-exist in the Dock and the Cmd+Tab interface.

So, armed with a copy of Windows Vista and the latest beta of Parallels Desktop, I decided to put Zune to the test. Installation of the two was painless and took around 30 minutes. The Zune software added another 10 minutes, thanks to the lengthy downloading of software and firmware updates. What was left? Connecting the Zune, of course. The screenshot above tells the rest of the story (and yes, USB 2.0 is supported).
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