Windows Phone, with the latest Mango release has started supporting custom ringtones, however with a few caveats. One, the file must be a DRM free WMA or MP3. Two, it must be less than 1 MB in size and 40 seconds in length. This means that you will no longer be able to use just any file as a ringtone and that some amount of preparation will be involved.
Generally this means using a audio editing software such as Audacity, but like me, if you couldn’t be bothered with additional software there is a free website that suffices beautifully. Enter MakeYourOwnRingtone.com, its a free web tool that lets you upload your favourite track, crop it as you desire, add effects if you want, select the quality and finally create the ringtone. Then its a simple matter of downloading it, adding it to Zune or iTunes, setting ‘Ringtone’ as the genre and syncing it to your phone.
If you’re not using this website to create ringtones for Windows Phone, you can ignore the 1 MB and 40 second parameters and experiment even more.
- Hit the upload button and upload the file that you want to edit.
- It will show up on the website. You can then drag and select the part of the song you want as the ringtone. For Windows Phone, make sure it is less than 40 seconds. Next select the output format (MP3 is fine), and then quality. The higher the bitrate, the better the quality. If that’s all you want to do, hit ‘Make a Ringtone’ and jump to step 5.
- Otherwise selecting the ‘Advanced Mode’ lets you use a bunch of tools to modify the sound.
- Expert Mode gives you an even greater array of options. Once done, select ‘Make A Ringtone’.
- Once you’ve hit ‘Make A Ringtone’ a windows will pop-up which will give you a download link. That’s it.
Once you have the file make sure it confirms to the requirements (less than 1 MB and 40 seconds in length), change the genre to ‘Ringtone’ in Zune or iTunes and sync it to the phone. Finally, select it from within your phone’s settings and set it as the ringtone.