Zune – Sync using different software

zAlternator Screenshot

zAlternator allows you to sync your Zune with software other than the Zune software like Windows Media Player, iTunes, Winamp, or Media Monkey. You can read more about zAlternator at this link.

And here is a description of the application from it’s homepage:

“Finally, a release candidate of zAlternator is here! Yay! zAlternator is a program that will allow the Zune to be picked up and synced with programs other than the Zune program. It has been fully tested and proven to allow the Zune to be picked up and synced with the Zune program (duh), Windows Media Player 11, Winamp, and MediaMonkey. I have been unable to fully test the iTunes side of the program, but hopefully it should work.”

New AT&T Cell Phone Data Plans

Looks like those leaked slides on the Internet were right. AT&T has changed their data plans. They appear to have totally separated Text messaging from the PDA data plans. The data-only PDA plans are cheaper now but when you go to add a Text messaging package you end up paying more in the end. In my case, the PDA Personal Max plan which includes 1500 text messages for $39 would now cost $50 per month ($35 for the PDA data plan + $15 for the 1500 text messages option). I am pretty sure they are grandfathering in people who had the previous cheaper package.

My online account manager still shows me as having the PDA data plan “PDAPERUNL1500MSG” for $39.99. It looks like AT&T hasn’t gotten around to changing the PDA data options in the Online Account Management website so if you were thinking about getting one of those plans you better do it now before the website is changed to reflect the newer rates!