Zune Channels on Your Phone

This may serve as a review to some of you, but I know there are lots of you out there that are new to the Zune software.  I’ve heard folks out there mention that they can’t get Zune Channels on their WP7.  Now, this isn’t a perfect solution, but it is a pretty easy work around.

Okay, first, go to the Marketplace Channels and pick something.  I chose radio station KEXP’s channel for this example.  After you’ve subscribed, view the most recent update of that channel.  You’ll see in the bottom right corner the option to save the channel as a playlist.  Click that button.  This will sync all of the songs from the playlist to your computer.  After it’s done syncing, you’ll be able to drag this new playlist to your phone.  This will in turn sync the playlist’s songs to your WP7, and the playlist will appear on your phone.  You can find this playlist in the Music and Videos hub under Music, then swiping over to Playlists.

A caveat to all this, besides having to do these steps manually, is that over time, there is no guarantee that all of the songs will continue to be available.  But that’s a problem you run into when you have music on your device that you haven’t purchased as MP3.  For instance, 7 of the last 52 songs from my synced playlists that were created from channels over the past few months are now unavailable.  Sometimes licenses get pulled for the synced content, but that’s a rant for another day…

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