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It's been revealed that there are plans for some apps on Zune HD to be ported onto the Windows Phone platform. This is fantastic news if this goes ahead at some point due to the quality of apps available to Zune HD users is pretty high and the WP7 Marketplace could always use a slight positive boost (especially with recent spam).

In a Zune Insider podcast, Zune senior business development manager, Dave McLauchlan explained that Zune HD apps could make an appearance in the WP7 Marketplace.

"A question I keep getting around apps on Zune [HD] is, what about porting to Windows Phone? There are many thousands of apps on the Windows Phone Marketplace, it’s going gangbusters and not so much on the Zune HD Marketplace. And that’s by design, we designed the system such that we would have a very public, very open marketplace for Windows Phone. But hey, what about the apps that are on Zune [HD]? We had some very good apps there. When are they coming to Windows Phone?

The answer to that question is two-fold. Number one, we actually have some developers that have developed titles for Zune [HD] that aren’t Microsoft employees or aren’t on the Zune team. And those guys are very welcome to go and create apps for Windows Phone any time they like. The apps that we have built internally for Zune [HD], we’re actually looking at porting those over to Windows Phone. Right now, our focus for the app team is, more apps for Zune [HD]. Zune [HD] owners would like to hear that there’s more stuff coming. So that’s definitely the case."

You can check out the podcast where you can witness the banter surrounding the topic. What apps would you like to see ported?

Via: AnythingbutiPhone and Windows Phone Secrets

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Zune HD apps to be ported to WP7

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This is excellent news as they are a few good games/apps on the Zune HD. However, I hope they're still free, and if they're not then I hope they get the full Xbox Live treatment complete with updated graphics.

I saw the app/game list, and nothing to be excited about. Seems like they would port WP7 apps/games to Zune. Unless it's about to be killed off. IMO

I'm really hoping Lucky Lanes Bowling gets ported. I LOVE that game. We need a good bowling/skeeball app on WP7.

I need Audiosurf ported like last month... One reason I wanted a wp7 was for the Zune integration, and its the Zune HD GUI that turned me onto the wp7 GUI. I've logged many many many hours on Audiosurf simply bc it got me back in touch with my music. It gave me a fun and visually stunning environment for listening to new artists that I otherwise wouldn't have set aside the time to listen to. On the one hand, I don't really care if they make new apps for the Zune HD, just give me Audiosurf on my wp7 and I'll be happy. On the other hand, why is Microsoft keeping the Zune device so separate from the windows phone development? They should integrate it into the marketing scheme to combat apple's iPod Touch. Zune shouldn't have a separate app zone from windows phone. The device is already out of production. If they expand its marketability to the WP7 marketplace, it could gain momentum alongside the WP7 and end up back in production, ultimately replacing people's next iPod upgrades.

As long as MS is using anything to do with Zune - my HD7 phone stays in the drawer. Zune for Win7 is a disaster - no desktop Outlook sync; hard to use and marketplace limited for UK users. I used my HD7 for 2 months but then had to give up. I went back to my iPhone 3GS and iTunes - in spite of iTunes being resource hungry this at least provides proper sync and a much better marketplace.Sorry MS if you want to compete as a latecomer you must be BETTER than the competition. Currently MS is lagging way behind Apple.