It’s Official! Custom Ringtones Coming to WP7 via MangoJune 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.Â 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, thatâ€™s because of new under-the-hood changes weâ€™ve made that make it possible for developers to build ringtone apps and also add ringtone-related features to existing ones.
Well, imagine youâ€™ve downloaded a voice recording app for capturing your babyâ€™s giggles or your best friendâ€™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.
Thatâ€™s just one possibility. In Mango, any Marketplace app that revolves around sound or musicâ€”karaoke apps, sound effect apps, DJ apps, music instrument appsâ€”potentially become a source of new custom ringtones for your phone.
Thatâ€™s the idea, anyway. In Mango, weâ€™re giving developers the tools. I canâ€™t wait to see what they come up with!
Making your own tones
But we know many of you have a particular ringtone in mindâ€”or sounds files already on your PC that youâ€™d like to turn into one. In Mango, we give you the flexibility to do this yourselfâ€”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 isnâ€™t intended to be a tutorial on creating custom ringtones (weâ€™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 youâ€™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.
Donâ€™t worry: items marked Ringtone wonâ€™t show up in your phoneâ€™s music collectionâ€”so thereâ€™s no need to fear that during a workout youâ€™ll suddenly hear your dog barking or other homemade ring. Instead, youâ€™ll see them in Ringtones + Sounds in Settings, under a new Custom category weâ€™ve created.
Introducing new built-in rings
So far Iâ€™ve talked about how youâ€™ll be able to get more custom ringtones on your phone. But in Mango weâ€™ve added 9 new native Microsoft ringtones. So out of the box youâ€™ll hear some fresh sounds inspired by the various traditions in the new Asian markets weâ€™ll be supporting this fall.
The ringtonesâ€”which have names like Spring and Willowâ€”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. (Mattâ€™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 â€œfeelâ€ like a Windows Phone.
Source: Windows Phone Team