So, have you got the Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" -- now, if you want to create your own ringtones, so you can match your jingle to your mood, or match just the right tune to your contacts.
To make any file that fits these criteria into a ringtone, all you've to do is assign it the genre of ringtone. If you have a PC, you'll use the Zune software. If you don't have the Zune software on your computer, see Install the Zune software. On a Mac, use iTunes to assign the genre, and then sync the file using the Windows Phone Connector for Mac. To learn more, see Sync and get updates with my Mac, and Ringtones, sounds, and volume.
Here is what is required:
- Free version of the Microsoft Expression Encoder 4 w/SP1.
- Digital Rights Management (DRM) free audio file - in MP3 or WMA format
- Less than 40 seconds
- Less than 1 MB.
Here are the steps:
- "Download and install Microsoft Expression Encoder 4 w/SP1 lined abvoe - do not enter a product key because you don't need it.
- Launch the application and choose 'Transcoding Project'
- From the File menu select 'Import' and then navigate to the audio file you want to use.
- You either can play the song and hit the 'Insert Edit at Playhead' button where you want to create the first edit or just drag the Playhead to where you want to make the first edit and hit the 'Insert Edit at Playhead' button.
- Repeat Step 4 for the second edit.
- In the Output pane on the right, select the 'Clips' tab and delete any clips before and after the section of audio you want to use - only one clip should be left. Your clip should be no longer than than 39 seconds and no bigger than 1 MB. You can make modifications using the other tabs if you like; I chose not to.
- From the File menu select 'Encode Selected Item'.
- Close Expression Encoder - no need to save job unless you want to - I didn't
- Your ringtone will output to C:\\Documents\Expression\Expression Encoder\Output\ComputerName Date Time
- Create a new folder called Ringtones on your hard drive. I stored my Ringtones folder in the same folder where I store all my music.
- Drag and drop you new ringtone to the Ringtones folder.
- Open Zune Software.
- From the Settings menu add your Ringtones folder to the Libraries managed by Zune," explains Sjonia Harper.
Below are the steps from Microsoft:
- To create a ringtone using the Zune software
- Open the Zune software and find the file you want to turn into a ringtone.
- Right-click the file, and then click Edit.
- In the GENRE list, click or type ringtone, then click OK.
- Connect your phone to your computer using a cable, and then sync the file to your phone.
Note: To see the length, size, and genre of a file in the Zune software, go to Collection > Music > Songs, then click CHOOSE COLUMNS. Select the Genre, Length, and Size check boxes, then click OK.
- To create a ringtone using iTunes
- Open iTunes.
- Find the file you want to edit, and then click File > Get Info.
- On the Info tab, under Genre, type ringtone, then click OK.
- Open the Windows Phone Connector for Mac, connect your phone to your computer using a cable, and then sync the file to your phone.
Note: You need to assign the genre "ringtone" in English, even if you're using a different language on your computer or your phone.