We have jailbroken iPhones, and rooted Android devices, now we have hacked Zune devices. I don’t if anyone has yet to coin a phrase for the process of hacking a Zune, but I’m sure someone will. Anyways, Microsoft wanted to compete with Apple’s iPod somehow, they came up with the Zune, and more recently the ZuneHD. And just like Apple, Microsoft has really locked up the their hardware, and the potential to use that hardware. Until now the only way to write applications for the Zune was to use the XNA game development platform. The idea behind the XNA platform was to make game development accessible to everyone, but what this did was put limitations on the Zune’s hardware. This also meant no 3D or no general internet access.
This has all changed thanks to our fellow hackers at Zuneboards. They finally hacked apart the the Zune, making way for potential Dev’s to create and write apps for the Zune using the recently released, OpenZDK. It looks like all the restrictions to the hardware are gone, and the ZuneHD packs some pretty powerful hardware. The bulk of the work was done by Zuneboard members Netrix, Nurta, and itsnotabigtruck. The thanks can go to these guys, and anyone else that helped out over at Zuneboards. I’m sure we will see all sorts of apps written for the ZuneHD, we should see emulators, probably a web browser of sorts. I guess pretty much anything can be written now, thanks to the firmware hack. I’m sure there is something you wanted to see on the ZuneHD’s hardware, now it’s all possible. Thanks guys, keep up the hard work!