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 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 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" and in 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
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 to hear on Bumblebee.
The Infosound broadcast can be found in Bumblebee's radio section and Infosound Select can be browsed in the
app's "Everyday VI Information" and in the "Podcasts" sections.
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.
Additionally, Infosound Select 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 delivers the very latest audio articles as soon as they have been produced; and it can be found
at: http://www.infosound.org.uk/infosound.xml. This free podcast can also be heard in the iTunes store.
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
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 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:
• Visionary (for local sight loss charities)
• The Talking News Federation (for local talking newspapers and magazines)
• The Community Media Association (for community radio stations)
• The Hospital Broadcasting Association (for hospital radio stations)