If there's one request we've heard over and over since launching Windows Phone last year, it's this: More ringtones, please! I'm the program manager for the "sound experience" on the Microsoft Windows Phone team today shared about the ringtone-related changes in store for Mango, the next version of Windows Phone arriving this fall.
"Starting this fall, a burst of ringtone-related apps will be in Marketplace. Without getting too technical, that's because of new under-the-hood changes we've made that make it possible for developers to build ringtone apps and also add ringtone-related features to existing ones, said Alice Luu on Window Phone blog.
"Come this fall, you might see a new Save as Ringtone option in the app that turns that sound into a unique ring. That's just one possibility. In Mango, any Marketplace app that revolves around sound or music--karaoke apps, sound effect apps, DJ apps, music instrument apps--potentially become a source of new custom ringtones for your phone."
In Mango, you can also turn you sounds files already on your PC yourself--with some important caveats. To qualify as a ringtone, a sound file must be:
- 39 seconds or shorter
- smaller than 1 megabyte (MB)
- saved in MP3 or WMA format
- not copy-protected (i.e. DRM free)
In short, "custom ringtones can be installed using the Zune software on your PC. Once you've created an audio file that meets the ringtone requirements, find it in your Zune music collection, right-click the file, and change the Genre field to Ringtone. Then just sync the file to your phone like you would any music track.
Items marked Ringtone won't show up in your phone's music collection--so there's no need to fear that during a workout you'll suddenly hear your dog barking or other homemade ring. Instead, you'll see them in Ringtones + Sounds in Settings, under a new Custom category we've created," explains Luu.
Also, note that Mango will've 9 new native Microsoft ringtones.
"The ringtones--which've names like Spring and Willow--were composed by our in-house ethnomusicologist and sound designer, Matt Bennett, who was inspired by pottery, calligraphy, and tapestry from China, Japan, and Korea. (Matt's approach to sound design is a blog topic on its own!)," said Luu.
[Source:Windows Phone blog]