Jamie Thomson

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Zune Plays are now uploading

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After weeks of trying…the tracks that I’ve listened to on my Zune are finally getting uploaded to Zune Social. Here’s my Zune Card to prove it! (it might not show up if you’re reading this in a blog reader in which case head to http://jamiethomson.spaces.live.com or, even better, http://social.zune.net/member/jamiethomson to see it).
Thanks to Zach Johnson from the Zune team at Microsoft I was able to work out why my Zune plays were not being displayed. First I used Fiddler2 to capture the https requests that were sending the plays up to Zune Social from my Zune software. Here’s that request:

POST /usage/upload HTTP/1.1
Content-Type: plain/text
Authorization: WLID1.0 t=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&p=
User-Agent: Zune/2.1
Host: stats.zune.net
Content-Length: 281
Connection: Keep-Alive

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Sat, 05 Jan 2008 01:49:15 GMT
Server: Microsoft-IIS/6.0
X-Powered-By: ASP.NET
X-AspNet-Version: 2.0.50727
Cache-Control: public, max-age=28800
Expires: Sat, 05 Jan 2008 09:49:15 GMT
Content-Type: text/xml; charset=utf-8
Content-Length: 315

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<UsageReturn xmlns:xsi="
http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema">

Zach and his colleagues ran this request through their systems and sure enough it didn’t work – same behaviour as I was seeing. On closer inspection it turned out that the problem was the that the CountryCode was set to "GB" (outlined in red above) and they filter out all none-US data . After that the workaround was simple. On Vista, Head into Control Panel–>Regional and Language Options and set Current format = "English (United States)":
Once that was set everything started working fine and as you can see above, I now have a Zune Card with something useful on it!

Written by Jamiet

January 8, 2008 at 3:44 am

Posted in Zune

8 Responses

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  1. Welcome to the Social… in a complete kind of way. 😉  Glad the Zune team figured it out.  Rock on!


    January 8, 2008 at 5:59 am

  2. I too had a hard time wondering why my Zune plays weren’t being recorded.
    I figured some things out:
    1) You have to  sign-in to your account and then run the sync.
    2) A ‘play’ counts only if you’ve played the whole song.
    So I mainly forgot to do #1. It’s still in beta, and I think it has a ton of work to do.


    January 9, 2008 at 4:48 am

  3. I need to get into that Zune social thing…being based in the UK means no joy for me…


    January 14, 2008 at 9:02 pm

  4. "1) You have to  sign-in to your account and then run the sync."
    Hopefully that’d be obvious :)
    What "ton of work" needs doing? I think its pretty good!


    January 15, 2008 at 5:14 pm

  5. Well Zune Social seems to be more of a weak Last.FM site to me.
    It’s not integrated into the Zune program, and you have to go directly via web browser to look at it, though I can’t see how impossible it is to use on the program.
    There’s a separate inbox site, when you could just read the exact same thing in your Live Hotmail/Mail inbox.
    You can’t use the word ‘Zune’ at all in your status message. Not even spell it! Is there anything wrong saying I’m "Zuneboy"? I don’t think so.
    I expect more out of new services, and compared to Last.FM, there’s really not much reason to use Zune Social. Considering site design, features, and graphically done, Last.FM wins by a wide margine. Personally, I thought Microsoft should have tried pairing up with Last.FM for a ‘real’ social music experience. Or heck, even buy them.
    That’s the real gist of it – not too much worth going for. But it’s ok. Needs more features, or otherwise it’s rather dull.


    January 16, 2008 at 5:52 am

  6. The inability to use the word Zune is annoying but I read somewhere that there is legalities around that and is out of the hands of Microsoft. Seems weird to me but I’m not a legal guy.
    I’ve not used Last.FM so can’t comment on that. As a first stab though I think Zune Social is great.


    January 16, 2008 at 5:00 pm

  7. hi mate
    Just read your post above, and thank you! that go my zune card work. Much appreciated for sharing.


    February 1, 2008 at 12:16 pm

  8. My plays still aren’t uploading.It’s getting kind of frustrating having 0 plays all the time.


    September 17, 2008 at 11:52 pm

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