How to listen to Infosound

This is where you can find out about the various different ways to listen to Infosound.

Elsewhere on this web site you can:

Read a summary of the Infosound services

Browse and choose audio articles to hear in the new Infosound information audio library

Read about Infosound, the charity

Get our contact details


As from July, the core of our service will be the Infosound information audio library, which can be visited now even though it is

still under construction,  It will make every audio article that we have produced, and which is still relevant, freely available to

select and hear by category section.  It is our aim to make this library of information available in as many different ways as our

charity's resources allow. Here we summarise the different ways we can be heard.


Listening on the Infosound Web Site

The audio library is kept frequently-updated and it can easily be browsed here on this web site.  Here you can

visit each library category section to pick items to hear on a broadly-similar topic.  Or you might choose to

just go straight to the Library Latest section to catch up on the most recently-introduced audio articles on a variety

of different subjects.


Listening on your phone

You can use the keypad on a standard home landline phone, or mobile phone, to browse the content of the

Infosound Audio Library by category to hear what you want, when you want,  This method offers full speech

feedback and navigational guidance in audio.  Because many phone service providers offer free evening

and weekend calls, it is hoped that people accessing our library in this way won't incur any extra phone

charges.  To listen to the library over the phone, just call us on  03000 111 555 and select option 9.


Listening on the Sonata Internet Audio Players

The full audio library is accessible on the Sonata and Sonata Plus Internet audio players.  These units,

designed specifically for blind and partially-sighted people can access a very large range of

audio content.  Infosound is listed in the "Everyday VI Information" and the "Podcasts"

categories in the players' menus.

The charity British Wireless for the Blind Fund sells, and lends, these players and administers the subscription service.  They

can provide further information about the player and its content.


Listening on Infosound Podcasts

A podcast is a unique file that, once "known" by an Internet browser or podcast-catching software, will

automatically deliver its content to a computer, tablet or smart mobile phone as soon as any new content has

been added.  The Infosound Audio Library podcasts does just this by linking to each individual library category

section as well as information about our library service.

This main audio library podcast that links to all library sections can be found at:

http://www.infosound.org.uk/infosound-library.xml.

And the very latest audio articles to be added to the library can be found at:

http://www.infosound.org.uk/infosound.xml.        


Listening on audio CD

The final edition of the Infosound audio compilation on CD - for July and August 2017 - will be distributed in the week

beginning 17th July.  Because of the fixed space on standard audio CDs, the content on these discs has

always been fairly limited and, of course, the content could only be refreshed once a month, at best.

Whereas our new audio library of information, which is fully accessible using a standard landline or

mobile phone, offers everything we currently have to hear on demand whenever it suits the listener.  So it is

hoped that those currently listening on CD, and who may therefore not have Internet access, can become regular visitors to

our audio library on the phone.


Listening on Twitter

For blind and partially-sighted people, and others, who are

comfortable accessing Social Media, Twitter lets us offer

our latest material to be heard and shared.

We can also update Twitter-users with news of what we are

producing and other information about the Infosound services

and this can be passed-on and shared with the wider world via

any other social media outlets. Our most recent tweets can be

found here on this web page and on our Twitter page,

which can be found at www.infosound.org.uk/twitter.


Other ways to hear Infosound audio articles

A fair number of local talking newspapers and magazines, as well as some community and hospital radio

stations, choose to feature Infosound information audio articles.  It is unlikely that any will carry the

complete content of the current "Infosound", but they may well offer a selection of items on a variety of

subjects.

Each of these groups of broadcasters and charities has an umbrella organisation, to which individual organisations may or

may not belong, that should be able to give information about its members' activities:

The Talking News Federation

The Community Media Association

The Hospital Broadcasting Association


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