Tell ‘em Steve Dave:Overkill – OSX joins the party!
My favourite podcast, Tell ‘em Steve Dave, recently announced a 16 week run of exclusive content on the Zune Marketplace, which initially looked like it effectively excluded Mac owners.
Although it’s possible to run Windows on any intel based Mac (OSX 10.5 or later) using BootCamp, the real issue is the way Microsoft has built regionalisation into Windows Live, which makes it a little harder than just installing the Zune software on a Bootcamp partition.
Podcasts are only available on the US Zune Marketplace, so the content is unavailable to anyone with a non USA Windows live account.
Similar issues exist with W7 phones and Xbox Live accounts, which doesn’t bode well for keeping my GamerTag and score when I move to Australia, but I digress.
Here’s a work around to get access to TESD:Overkill – it’s not a particularly elegant solution, but it does the trick:
1- Beg, borrow or steal a copy of Windows XP.
If you can get a copy with Service pack 3 slipstreamed into it you will save a bit of time running updates during the install.
2 – Run the Boot Camp Assistant (located in Applications/Utilities) and install XP onto your Mac.
During the install, when Windows prompts you for your location/region select USA.
If you’ve already got a working installation of XP/Bootcamp set to another region which you don’t want to mess around with, then go to the control panel and create another user account just for accessing US Zune content.
Once the account has been created, go back to control panel, region/location and set the location to USA.
3 – Go to Windows Live http://www.hotmail.com/ and start a new account.
Remember to select USA as location; if you’re struggling a valid State/Zip combo, use New Jersey and 07701.
4 – Go to Zune.net, download and install the Zune software.
5 – Login to Zune using your USA Windows live account.
6 – Subscribe to TESD:O and download podcast
7 – Enjoy new TESD antics through Zune
8- Optionally reboot back into OSX and copy files from BootCamp partition into your usual iTunes library and listen from there.
Hopefully step 8 isn’t going to get me blocked by Bry but as Zune is being used for the download agent, everyone should be happy…