Microsoft promised there would be at least 500 changes in the Mango update to Windows Phone 7 due out later this year, so it’s not surprising that the company didn’t highlight every last tweak during its press event this week. Now that the developer tools have been released, the folks at anythingbutiphone fired up the Mango emulator and noticed that the new version of the Zune media software has been updated.

There aren’t any really drastic changes here. Zune didn’t drop support for music and video and become a PDF viewer or anything. But the playback controls have been moved from the bottom of the screen to the top, the volume meter has been changed, and the artist image is now darker on the now playing screen. It’s easier to find the repeat, shuffle, and favorites settings, and the lock screen has been updated to make the playback controls visible.

You can find more details and images at anythingbutiphone.

Brad Linder

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