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It’s Official! Custom Ringtones Coming to WP7 via Mango

June 28, 2011 17 Comments

Its official! We will finally have custom ringtones on Windows Phone 7 with the Mango update. Yes, its something that we should of had already but I am excited its finally going to be available. The Windows Phone team detailed the whole ringtone experience on WP7 Mango.  Not only are they announcing custom ringtones but they are announcing the fact that they are opening up the accessability to 3rd party developers. So we will see tons of new ringtone apps on the marketplace soon enough.

Detailed description from the Windows Phone team

New wave of ringtone apps

Before I talk about how you can add your own ringtones, I wanted to touch on the primary scenario my team had in mind for Mango: unleashing the creative energy of app developers.

Starting this fall, I expect to see a burst of ringtone-related apps 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.

Like what?

Well, imagine you’ve downloaded a voice recording app for capturing your baby’s giggles or your best friend’s comic outbursts. 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.

That’s the idea, anyway. In Mango, we’re giving developers the tools. I can’t wait to see what they come up with!

In Mango, you'll be able to add your own custom ringtones to Windows Phone.Custom ringtones will appear in Settings, under a new Custom heading.

Making your own tones

But we know many of you have a particular ringtone in mind—or sounds files already on your PC that you’d like to turn into one. In Mango, we give you the flexibility to do this 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)

This post isn’t intended to be a tutorial on creating custom ringtones (we’ll cover that in more detail once Mango is available), but I wanted to provide a flavor for how it will all work.

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.

You'll be able to add custom ringtones to your phone using the Zune software on your PC.

Don’t worry: 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.

Introducing new built-in rings

So far I’ve talked about how you’ll be able to get more custom ringtones on your phone. But in Mango we’ve added 9 new native Microsoft ringtones. So out of the box you’ll hear some fresh sounds inspired by the various traditions in the new Asian markets we’ll be supporting this fall.

The ringtones—which have 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!)

Like all the sounds in Windows Phone, the new ringtones are designed to complement and harmonize with our visual design. If you were to hear one, it should just “feel” like a Windows Phone.

Source: Windows Phone Team

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  • Matchristie

    so basically the only ringtones you can add yourself is a mp3 or wma files that are cropped to below 39 secs, yet another pain in the ass with wp7!

    • 123123

      What, you want a ringtone longer than 39 seconds?
      Come on, that’s plenty. What’s the big deal about having it as a mp3 or wma?!?!

  • ekul34

    should be able to just select a sound file on the phone and the phone crop it to 39secs maybe even compress if it is more then 1mb no idea why that would be a requiment but yeah in short kinda perthedic that u make us do it all

    • http://wp7connect.com Hyde13

      Yeah – I hope Microsoft makes it a bit easier in the future

  • Nigh T Wish

    when does mango official coming ? on YouTube there are some videos ’bout how to install mango and i’m  wonder is that Official or it’s something like beta? when mango comes may it will be easy install with zune update and not more ? yes??

  • Nigh T Wish

    Okay thank you. and i have a question 

    can you solve the problem of the chevron wp7 
    Uh Oh “i’m having problem to communicate”

  • Raul_HD7

    nope, this feature isn’t included in mango. just upgraded mine an hour ago and this is one of the features i looked right away.

  • http://wp7connect.com Hyde13

    For those of you that need a step by step tutorial on how to get custom ringtones on your Windows Phone – take a look at my how to http://www.wp7connect.com/2011/10/01/mango-how-to-make-custom-ringtones-for-your-windows-phone/

  • Nigh T Wish

    where is mango for HTC Trophy :(:(:(

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Perry-J-Black/708340317 Perry J Black

    Big Problem with your “ringtones” I’ve made three tones and Can’t find them no where yes I know there not gonna be in my music but where the hell are they because there not in custom IT WOULD BE NICE TO KNOW WHERE THEY ARE !!!! 

  • Bigpostie

    i cant connect to zune is there anyother way to get ringtones onto a lg e-900

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