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 oneâ€™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.