Microsoft released version 4.8 of the Zune software client on Tuesday, making a few minor changes and adding support for the next generation of Windows Phone 7.5 handsets. This is the same version given to Windows Phone developers over the summer.
Most of the changes in this update are on the back end, but a few visual differences have been spotted. The most potentially significant change is the renaming of Zune Pass to Zune Music Pass, which has led many people to believe that a Zune Video Pass might be in our future. Other changes include an updated font in the Zune Marketplace.
The most important feature, of course, is support for Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” devices, which are scheduled for release this fall. Zune services are also available in a wider selection of countries. Microsoft Support has the full rundown of which services are available in which country.
The Zune software should automatically prompt users for an update, but the download can be started immediately by going to Settings > Software > General and selecting Check for Updates. The new software client can also be obtained directly from the Microsoft Download Center.
Head on over here for the full details on what’s included in the update.