The USB Mode change is on the Fuze, not via computer.
Here’s your step by step. Even in France someone must have Windows. They’ll need Windows XP or Vista with Windows Media Player 10 or 11 (not 9).
Turn on the Fuze ( disconnected from computer ). Rotate the wheel clockwise from Music to get to Settings. Click the center wheel and go to System Settings. Click on that to see and click on USB Mode. Make it MTP. Now have a Windows owner–with WMP 10 or 11 on their computer–look into the Fuze.
Right click on one of the files in Windows and look at Properties/Summary/Advanced. If it is a .wma file (not .mp3), then under “Origin” see if it’s Protected. If it is, leave it alone and see below. *
Not protected? Great. Copy the music onto the Windows computer (or some kind of storage).
Disconnect the Fuze and go back to Settings/System Settings/USB Mode. Make it MSC. Dump all the music from the Windows computer back onto it in MSC mode.
Then leave it in MSC and connect it to your Mac. MSC works like any other USB drive. Party on.
What’s going on here? Stupid petty rivalry between Windows and Apple.
You can’t see the music because it was transferred in MTP mode, which is a Windows protocol not supported by Apple.
MTP mode and MSC mode are not both visible at the same time from the computer–though the Fuze itself doesn’t care how the music was transferred.
In its default Auto Detect mode, the Fuze will go to MTP if the computer it’s connected to has Windows Media Player 10 or 11–like your nice sister’s computer.
Obviously, Auto Detect doesn’t find Windows Media Player on your Apple, so it goes to MSC mode, the more universal basic USB connection.
The idea was to make the Fuze idiot-proof and work automatically with WMP on Windows computers, but go to basic MSC on other computers. SanDisk didn’t count on the unit getting switched between computers with different operating systems.
If it were up to me the default setting would be MSC rather than Auto. But it’s not.
* Just hope that Sis didn’t copy the music in “copy protected” .wma (Windows Media Audio) format, also the default, rather than good old plays-everywhere .mp3. Protected .wma is going to be trouble. The only way that will play is if you leave it on the Fuze where it was, in MTP. One reason MTP exists is to transfer ultra secret mysterious invisible digital-rights information for protected files, to keep you from copying them around. (iTunes does the same with protected .aac (Apple proprietary) files, by the way.) Just delete the ones you don’t want while connected to the Windows computer, and leave anything you want to keep alone. You can’t move it around. Yes, it’s protected–from you.
If the music is in .wma format, protected or not, the Fuze will play it but your Mac can’t. You can find a program to convert unprotected .wma into .mp3–Google for .wma to .mp3 converters online. Don’t pay for a program–there are free ones, but make sure you check for viruses (even on a Mac) before installing.
Message Edited by Black-Rectangle on 09-18-2009 05:58 PM