Zune with Virtualization

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Do not use this article yet. I am still working out some bugs.

There is a rather annoying bug explained below in "Starting the Installation" Point 5. It is in bold, can't miss it.


Here if you were one of the unlucky few to get a Zune for Christmas or you bought one and you want to use it on Linux, you will learn how to use it.


  • Zune [Obviously]
  • [Innotek Virtualbox]
  • Linux or OS X.
  • The Zune CD [Please note that the download will not work!] [If for some reason you cannot obtain the CD, there is a torrent floating around on the internet. I cannot legally place the link here but it is on The Zune-Online Forum.
  • A USB 2.0 Connection [I am not sure about 1.0 or 1.1]
  • A method of transferring files between the virtualized Windows and linux. [I used a usb key]
  • A copy of Windows XP.

Starting the Virtualization

1. Start the virtualization by going to the applications menu and searching for virtualbox or by doing Alt F2 if you run KDE and typing virtualbox.

2. Next go to the "New" button and follow that wizard. I'm going to set some recommended settings in a box for you at the bottom of this line:

Total the amount of music you have add 5 GBs to that for the software you will install assuming you aren't going to install anything else.
Take 1/4 of your total allocated memory, I.E if you have a 1GB of RAM, use 256 on the virtualization. Give 64 MBs of memory for the Video.

3. Check to make sure that your version of InnoTek Virtualbox has USB support. If you run Sabayon 3.4loop2b and beyond it should. If you run something else, I cannot help you.

4. Once you have your virtual environment setup run it and install XP to your liking.

5. Next, when you have XP setup, run XP and look at your XP desktop. Close it out. [Please note that we just did that as a test run.

Checking the Settings

1. Go into the settings of your Virtual Environment by going to InnoTek Virtualbox on your Linux desktop, clicking the environment listed there and clicking the settings buttons at the top.

2. Select CD/DVD and check to make sure that everything looks good. Meaning make sure that the "Mount CD/DVD ROM" checkbox is checked and making sure that the host button is checked and the box is pointed to the location of your drive.

3. Exit out of that if everything looks good. If everything doesn't look good fix it. Normally the location of your internal CD/DVD ROM drive is


4. Go to the "USB" dialog of the settings dialog and add some filters. Only add enough for the USB ports you have. Do this by clicking the first button on the right. It looks like a page with a little USB end on it. Hovering it will say add empty. And click OK. [A safer means of doing this is first plugging in the Zune then clicking the button below the first one. It will bring up a pop-up and should list the devices you have plugged in. Click the one for Zune.]

Proceed by clicking OK.

Starting the installation

1. Rerun your virtual environment by clicking on it and hitting start.

2. When you're at your Windows XP desktop go to "Start > My Computer" and look for the CD ROM drive. Provided that your Zune CD is in your CD/DVD Drive and that it is mounted on VirtualBox [You can check by looking for a small disk icon at the bottom of the VirtualBox Virtual Environment window and seeing if it is greyed out or not. If it is greyed out then right click it and click the proceeding popup. This will mount the drive.

3. Run the CD

4. Follow the wizard as you would on XP.

5. You're done! Transfer your music to your virtual environment and then upload to your Zune. [It is apparent that this is a problem. XP can see your Zune fine. As a matter of fact using the registry hack you can even see it in Explorer. However the Zune Software cannot. I will work on this more. Any help is appreciated. So do not try this yet.]


If you run into problems post the the problem and any error messages into a box here using the <pre> </pre> code. Sign it with your name and I will try to get back to you as soon as I can. I can also be contacted at our IRC channel #sabayon on irc.freenode.net and the Sabayon Linux Forums

--Element 14:35, 26 May 2007 (PDT)