Synching ring tones from Zune desktop to WP7 confirmed

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A few days ago WPSauce, dissecting a Mango RoM, found some evidence that mango will support ring tones synced via the Zune desktop client. 

Now in a Windows Team Blog post Microsoft has confirmed this is a supported feature.  Users will be able to sync any music file that fit the restrictions:

  • 39 seconds or shorter
  • smaller than 1 megabyte (MB)
  • saved in MP3 or WMA format
  • not copy-protected (i.e. DRM free)
  • has Genre set as Ringtone

The Zune software on the phone will also be smart enough not to include music labelled as ring tones in your playlists, a much wanted feature.

The blog posts also confirms that 3rd party apps will be able to save sounds as ring tones and that Microsoft is releasing 9 new ring tones for Windows Phone 7, including ones named Spring and Willow.

It is a pity the Zune software does not include a ring tone editor to ease creation of ring tones from one’s own music, but I assume that would have caused all kinds of trouble with the music industry, and I am sure there are hundreds of desktop apps available which makes the task pretty easy already.

Read the full post here.

Thanks Vander09 for the tip.

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