16Jul/115

Enabling Smart DJ in the Zune software outside the US

Today I started the Zune software for the first time on my computer. I like the zune software because of the way it looks and how it works. When you start the software for the first time, it starts with an awesome video on the features it provides and how cool it looks. It also shows off Smart DJ, which I find a really great feature, because it is able to generate dynamic mixes based on artist, album or song . Unfortunately when I opened the zune software I couldn't find this feature anywhere in the zune software. It appears that with Zune 4.2 this feature was removed for international users and is only availbale in the US. However there are two workareounds availbale to re-enable Smart DJ outside of the US.

  1. Change the system locale in Windows to US.
  2. Add a specific registry key by following these steps or use this archive, which contains a registry file that, when executed, adds the necessary keys automatically.
    • Close Zune
    • Open the Registry Editor by clicking Start, type regedit in the searchbox and then click regedit.exe.
    • Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Zune
    • Right-click the Zune key and choose new->Key
    • Name the key "FeaturesOverride" (without the quotation marks)
    • Select the newly created key and right-click in the right pane.
    • Choose new -> DWORD (32 bit) and give it the name "QuickMixLocal" (again without the quotation marks)
    • Double click "QuickMixLocal" and give it the value "1" (again without the quotation marks)
    • Close the Registry Editor
    • Start Zune. You should now be able to use Smart DJ.

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