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


All our current audio articles can be found in the Infosound information audio library, which can be visited and browsed in

several different ways.  However you choose to listen, you will always have same selection of articles available to hear and they

will always be laid out within the library sections in exactly the same way.  Every new audio article is also Tweeted the moment it

has been placed into the library.  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, including radio stations and information services.  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 the Bumblebee tablet app

British Wireless for the Blind Fund has developed a tablet-based app, called Bumblebee, that gives the user

direct access to radio stations, information services, talking books, talking newspapers and more as well as

an interactive messaging service.  And the full Infosound Audio Library of Information can be browsed and

listened-to in its entirety on Bumblebee.

The charity British Wireless for the Blind Fund lends these tablets to those who meet their free lending criteria

and they are able to provide further information about the tablet, the app 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 main Infosound podcast delivers the very latest audio articles as they are placed into the library; and it can be found at:

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

This podcast can also be heard in the iTunes store.  It is, of course, free to access.

We also produce a podcast that links to each individual library category section as well as giving further information about our

library service; and this podcast can be found at:

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




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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