Zune disconnected while updating

The last firmware version known to work with this method is version 2.5.

This work-around is not for the faint of heart and currently has some limitations: -It appears that wireless synching is not allowed -Multiple hacks are required to synchronize, including a registry hack.

(Oh, and that pukey green takes us back to the bad-60s, but hey, matters of taste...

Well, we've been playing with the new Zune hardware (as well as the software update to our first gen device), and there's no mistake about it: Microsoft's really put their nose to the grindstone, prettying it up and filling out essential features that should have been there on day one, like podcasting support and wireless syncing. Let's knock out the upgrades first, because Microsoft's made some real improvements to Zune device line, and deserve credit where it's due.But we also think Microsoft's invested so much time mastering the basics that technologically it's fallen even further behind the pack than before. Besides the most obvious addition of flash-based Zunes in 8 and 4GB sizes and the general thinning and lightening of the flagship player, now all three devices (Zune 30 -- the new name for the first gen player -- Zune 80, and Zune 8 and 4) feature the same unified core of features, such as: The supporting software and services doesn't hurt either, like the dramatically redesigned and stylish new desktop software, the Zune Marketplace's addition of a million DRM free tracks for download, syncing with Media Center, and Zune Social.While we can't give solid word on Zune 80 hardware (which we've yet to play with), the Zune 8's first-gen nano look and feel takes us back to a more innocent time when the 100-song capped Moto ROKR might have stood a chance (yeah right), and a Microsoft media player was but a glint in J Allard's eye.And then there's the fact that Mac users are left out of the party; sorry Microsoft, we're not fielding further excuses here, it's time to get your head in the game and hit Apple where it hurts.With the recent release of the z Alternator hack from Zune Boards, it has become possible to synchronize the Zune with Mediamonkey (as well as Winamp, Windows Media Player, i Tunes, etc..).