How to Sync Zune With Windows Media Player

By Meaghan Ellis

Zune is a portable, digital MP3 playback device introduced by Microsoft. This device has become popular among music lovers and computer users because it is user-friendly, and anyone can add music to it and use it. Syncing music to a Zune device with Windows Media Player takes little effort.

Things You'll Need

  • MP3 cable

Step 1

Connect the Zune device to your computer. Plug the Zune USB sync cable into the device and into the computer's 2.0 USB port. When the device is connected, the computer will detect the connection, and the Windows "AutoPlay" dialog window will appear.

Step 2

Click the "Add Files to the Device" option in the "AutoPlay" dialog window. This will open Windows Media Player. Your device's thumbnail image and icon will appear in the left pane of the screen at the bottom of the menu.

Step 3

Click the "Sync" tab in the navigation menu in the upper-right corner. The "Sync" playlist panel will appear in the right pane of the screen. The amount of space available on your Zune device will be displayed below the device thumbnail icon at the top of the "Sync" pane.

Step 4

Choose the songs you want to sync to your Zune device. Press and hold the "Ctrl" key. Highlight each song you want to sync by clicking each file once. Once all of the music files you want are highlighted, drag them to the "Sync" pane on the right side of the screen.

Step 5

Click on the "Start Sync" action at the bottom of your list of music files. Your music files will be transferred to the middle pane of the Windows Media Player. The estimated time for the full completion of the sync process will be displayed in red in the lower-right region of the screen. Once the sync process is complete, Windows Media Player will display an indication in the middle pane of the screen.

Step 6

Unplug the Zune USB sync cable from the device.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check your computer's specifications to make sure it meets the requirements needed to sync to your Zune device.
  • If you experience any problems with the sync process, click on the Zune support link for help.
  • Zune software should be installed on your computer before you start the sync process.
  • Make sure your music files are formatted in the MP3 or .wma file extension before syncing them. If your music files are not in the MP3 or .wma format, the songs might not play properly on your Zune.
  • Do not unplug the device from the computer during the sync process. Disconnection will abort the process.