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Infosound Media
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across the vision-impairment charity sector
and beyond.
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Infosound Media is our “behind-the-scenes” support service for talking newspapers/magazines, local sight loss charities, some radio stations and other not-for-profit information-providers. The aim is to share our most recently-produced audio features with others providing free public service information for blind and partially-sighted people.

 

These individual items, all of which focus on practical aspects of living with sight loss and which are relevant to the whole of Great Britain, do not have identifying Infosound ‘jingles’ front and back so they can sound home-grown.  We do not expect to be credited as the source of the material. For us, the important thing is not where the information has come from, but where it is going to.

 

The only four stipulations for using our original audio material are that:

•  audio items may only be downloaded from this web page,

•  audio items must be heard by your listeners exactly as downloaded from us, without being altered in any way,

•  audio items may only be heard by your listeners between the dates given with each item's title,

•  all music is copyright and may not be extracted from any audio item and used elsewhere.

Otherwise, you may present it in whatever way suits you best.

 

All current content is available to download from this web page; but it can also be delivered automatically to your computer, tablet or smart mobile phone via the Infosound Media podcast/RSS feed/XML file:

 

                                          Its URL, or ‘address’, is http://www.infosound.org.uk/media.xml 

 

Once this URL has been pasted into suitable pod-catching software (or some browsers) it will automatically “know” where to find us and will respond the moment we have produced a new audio feature for you to hear and download. A little more information about using podcasts is given below.

Current Audio Downloads

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic and quasi-"lock-down", we are obviously no longer producing audio features that mention public events and services requiring travelling and mixing with others. Also, some service-providers have had to severely scale-back their operations, although many product-suppliers remain hopeful of maintaining a fairly normal service. So please bear with us as we can't offer you our usual broad mix of subjects since we have to concentrate on topics that are still relevant to your listeners.

 

•  Petition for vision-impaired people to have priority online shopping access

duration 7:41   |   may be heard by your listeners between 02 Apr 2020 and 14 May 2020

 

•  Latest Covid-19 bulletin (based on NHS guidelines)  VERSION 8

duration 4:17   |   may be heard by your listeners from 01 Apr 2020 until updated

 

•  Jigsaws with extra-large- and extra, extra-large-sized pieces

duration 4:39   |   may be heard by your listeners between 31 Mar 2020 and 12 May 2020

 

•  RNIB's Newsagent service of accessible newspapers and magazines is still available

duration 5:20   |   may be heard by your listeners between 28 Mar 2020 and 09 May 2020

 

•  The online Vital Tech information service for vision-impaired people

duration 5:42   |   may be heard by your listeners between 27 Mar 2020 and 08 May 2020

 

•  RNIB support for vision-impaired people during the pandemic

duration 8:48   |   may be heard by your listeners between 24 Mar 2020 and 05 May 2020

 

•  A poem for the pandemic from talking newspapers and magazines

duration 3:53   |   may be heard by your listeners between 22 Mar 2020 and 21 Apr 2020

 

•  A weekly support phone line link-up for vision-impaired people during pandemic

duration 7:06   |   may be heard by your listeners between 19 Mar 2020 and 30 Apr 2020

 

•  Chest magnifiers

duration 5:42   |   may be heard by your listeners between 14 Mar 2020 and 25 Apr 2020

 

•  Some colour and light detectors and their uses

duration 7:04   |   may be heard by your listeners between 01 Mar 2020 and 12 Apr 2020

 

•  Infosound General Trailer

duration 2:36   |   there is no date restriction for use

 

•  Infosound Noticeboard Trailer

duration 1:49   |   there is no date restriction for use

Using Podcasts

 

Should you not be familiar with podcasts (otherwise known as RSS feeds or XML files), you basically just have to adapt your browser or install free podcatching software, tell it where to find our podcast (this only has to be done once) and it will then automatically grab our latest audio content the moment it has been produced.

 

You can, of course, use any browser or podcatching software you choose.  Our own usage or recommendation from others has brought the following to our attention, should this help to get you started (the usual disclaimers must apply regarding using any links here to external web sites):

 

   Webbie Podcatcher.  Simple to use and, we are told, VI-friendly, working well with on-board screen-readers.  It displays all the current audio files in the correct order. Ctrl+S enables files to be saves wherever you choose on your PC.

   Podit. Windows 10 podcatcher than displays all current audio files in the correct order and automatically saves audio files to its own "Podit" folder in a PC's "Music" folder.

  iTunes. For the Apple Mac and IOS operating systems and others. Type-in the Infosound Media podcast URL under "File" and then “subscribe to podcast”. It will then display each "episode" (track) in the current podcast and these can be played or downloaded individually.

•  Clementine. Apparently, this free, open-source audio player works well with the Linux operating system.

•  Google Chrome. When you type the Infosound Media URL into this web browser, a pop-up screen will say you can choose to “subscribe” to this a “Feed”. It will flag-up every time a new item is added and these can be played and downloaded.

•  AntennaPod.  For Android devices, available from the Play Store. Type-in the Infosound Media podcast URL, at “Add Podcast by URL” under “Add Podcast”. The app will display all our current tracks, in the correct order, and offer play and/or download options for any individual track. Under "Downloads", tracks can be shared in many ways. 

 

One thing to bear in mind is making sure any podcatching software you use enables downloading - not just playing - the audio, so you can place the mp3 audio files where you want within your computer and re-name them, should you wish.  Also, unhelpfully, a lot of pod-catching software can hang on to old and outdated "tracks". In which case, we hope our "use-from" and "use-by" dates will help you distinguish the old from the current.

 

Should you need any help with receiving content from us, please don’t hesitate to email us at [email protected].

Infosound is a free public service and an independent charity,
registered in England and Wales (no. 1142082) and in Scotland (no. SC039929).
We are funded solely by voluntary donations and grants.
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