Custom Ringtones in Mango Detailed

In their weekly Mango revelation post on the official Windows Phone Blog, Alice Luu reveals a bit about the options coming for setting and creating custom ringtones after the Mango update is applied to Windows Phone in a post entitled Ringing in Mango:

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.

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.

Head on over to the Official Blog to read the post in its entirety.

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