How Ringtones Will Work in Mango
Alice Luu has written a new post on the Windows Phone Blog that explains how custom ringtones will work in Mango. Custom ringtones is a feature that has been requested many times (for non dev-unlocked phones) and will make an appearance in Mango. In order to sync a custom ringtone the file has to be :
- 39 seconds or shorter
- smaller than 1 megabyte (MB)
- saved in MP3 or WMA format
- not copy-protected (i.e. DRM free)
The user then right-clicks on the song, within Zune, and edits the ‘Genre’ attribute so that the value is “Ringtone”.
The file can then by synced like any other song and will appear as a selectable ringtone. The key difference between this file and any other music file is that this file will not show up in your music library, which is a good thing since it means your normal music playlist won’t be interrupted by a 39 second sound clip.
With the new Mango SDK, developers also have access to the ringtone library, so there will no doubt be many ringtone-related apps in the Marketplace.