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Zune Software Shares MPEG4 Podcasts with Xbox 360 (But Few Others)

January 13, 2008

As my post yesterday alluded at the end, the Zune software running on a PC won’t share most podcasts with the Xbox 360. After some experimentation, I have discovered that this seems to be true whether or not the genre of the audio or video podcast download is "Podcast" or something else. This behavior is exhibited even when the Zune store (the library) is deleted and rebuilt. Somehow the Zune application is relying on other indicia to identify files as "podcasts" and therefore not a Music or Video file that can be shared with the Xbox 360.

The one positive is that this does not seem to be true for MPEG4 video files so the Zune software can be used to share those files (which the Xbox 360 acting as a Media Center Extender won’t play) for playback on the Xbox 360 using the dashboard.

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