Microsoft detailed its new custom ringtone support on Tuesday, due in the upcoming Windows Phone Mango release.
The software giant admitted that better ringtone support was a common feature request for Windows Phone 7. “If there’s one request we’ve heard over and over since launching Windows Phone last year, it’s this: More ringtones,” said Microsoft’s Alice Luu in a blog posting on Tuesday.
Microsoft is expecting to see a large number of ringtone-related applications in the Windows Phone Marketplace once Mango is available later this year. “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,” says Luu.
Microsoft will also support MP3 or WMA ringtones. The tones can be installed using the Zune software and require the following elements:
- 39 seconds or shorter
- smaller than 1 megabyte (MB)
- saved in MP3 or WMA format
- not copy-protected (i.e. DRM free)
Windows Phone Mango also includes a number of new ringtones. Microsoft has added 9 new native ringtones. The software maker compiled them in-house using their own ethnomusicologist and sound designer. “We take sound design pretty seriously here,” admits Luu. “We hope you like what you hear!”
Thanks to WinRumors reader Vanderson for the news tip