Infosound is a frequently-updated blend of audio features on a broad range of sight loss-related subjects, shorter briefings about
events and services,often from one region of Great Britain, vision-impaired listeners' own comments, hints, tips and items of information
and occasional music. It is broadcast around the clock - all day, everyday.
Infosound Select is the on-demand service for the Infosound broadcast. If you want to listen-again to something you heard on
Infosound or just browse through the most recent audio items to be broadcast, they're available to hear whenever you like.
And both the Infosound broadcast and Infosound Select can be heard in a number of different ways.
Listening on Amazon voice-controlled smart speakers
Infosound and Infosound Select can both be heard on the Amazon Echo, Echo Plus and Dot devices on the
"My Talking Newspaper" service, which provides voice-controlled access to a range of local talking newspapers
as well as some non-talking newspaper services, including Infosound. To listen to Infosound, just switch on your
Amazon smart speaker and say "Alexa, ask My Talking Newspaper for Infosound".
The device will guide you with voice prompts to listen to the Infosound broadcast, to the Infosound Select on-
demand service or to hear information about Infosound, with playback being controlled entirely by your voice.
Listening on the Infosound Web Site
The Infosound broadcast - and therefore the associated Infosound Select on-demand service - is kept frequently-
updated and it can easily be browsed here on this web site. One single link takes you straight to the rolling 24/7
broadcast and all the individual items in Infosound Select are presented in reverse date order (so, the most recent
first) to play individually.
Listening on your phone
You can use the keypad on any standard home landline phone, or mobile phone, to go straight to the Infosound
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 Infosound service can be heard 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" category in
the players' menus.
service. They can provide further information about the player and its content.
Listening on the Bumblebee tablet
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 service is available on Bumblebee in the app's "Everyday VI
Information" section (on version 1 tablets) or the "Daily Living" section (on version 2 tablets), where both our rolling
broadcast and its associated on-demand services can be heard.
they are able to provide further information about the tablet, the app and its content.
Listening on the In Your Pocket smartphone audio reader/player
The full Infosound service is available on In Your Pocket by verbally telling the voice-controlled phone, streaming
media player and vision assistant to "play Infosound". Infosound should then be the first title that is read-out; just
say "Infosound" and then select what you want to hear by item number. The In Your Pocket device has been
designed specifically for vision-impaired people and it can gives access to thousands of talking books, talking
newspapers, radio stations, subscription to RNIB audio services, podcasts, weather and location information.
Please note that those supplying this service charge a monthly subscription for the phone and its content. Further
Listening via the Infosound Podcast
The full Infosound service is available to hear as a podcast. 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.
Our podcast gives access to our round-the-clock broadcast as well as the very latest audio articles as soon as they
have been produced; and it can be found at: http://www.infosound.org.uk/podcast.xml. This free podcast can also
be heard in the iTunes store.
Listening via 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.
Other ways to hear Infosound information
A fair number of local talking newspapers and magazines, as well as some community and hospital radio
stations and local sight loss charities across Great Britain, choose to feature Infosound information audio
articles. It is unlikely that any will carry more than a few Infosound audio articles at any one time, but they may
well offer a selection of items on a variety of subjects.
We are grateful to them for carrying our public service information to a broader listening audience. 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: