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Apple announced on Thursday that its iTunes U education service has seen more than a billion downloads, with 60 percent of those from outside the U.S.

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iTunes U has free educational content from top schools, as well as prominent libraries, museums and organizations. Apple said the program helps educators create courses including lectures, assignments, books, quizzes, and more.

The iTunes U application is a free download available in the App Store. As of Thursday, Apple is celebrating a billion downloads by highlighting the service's most popular courses, including Stanford's iOS development teachings, a psychology class on understanding happiness from TED, and Yale University's course on financial markets."It?s inspiring to see what educators and students of all types are doing with iTunes U." ? Eddy Cue, Apple?s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services.

"It?s inspiring to see what educators and students of all types are doing with iTunes U," said Eddy Cue, Apple?s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. "With the incredible content offered on iTunes U, students can learn like never before―there are now iTunes U courses with more than 250,000 students enrolled in them, which is a phenomenal shift in the way we teach and learn."

iTunes U has more than 1,200 universities and colleges, and 1,200 kindergarten through grade 12 schools and districts hosting more than 2,500 public and thousands of private courses. Those courses encompass topics such as the arts, sciences, health and medicine, education, business and more.

More than 100,000 students have been enrolled in single iTunes U courses at leading universities Duke, Yale, Cambridge, MIT and Oxford.

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Apple chose to highlight the Ohio State University's Matthew "Dr. Fus" Stoltzfus, whose General Chemistry course enrolled over 100,000 iTunes U students in the first year it was offered."The interest my iTunes U course receives from non-college students is overwhelming." ? Prof. Matthew Stoltzfus, the Ohio State University.

"The interest my iTunes U course receives from non-college students is overwhelming," Stoltzfus said. "I?ve been working with high school teachers who use my iTunes U material to prepare to teach their own classes, high school students all over the world who are leveraging the course to tutor their fellow classmates, even retirees who download my iTunes U course to stay intellectually active."

The company also noted that more than 60 percent of iTunes U application downloads originate from outside of the U.S. This gives schools of any size the ability to share their content with a worldwide audience, giving people like University of California, Irvine Professor Dan Stokols an international presence.

"Because of iTunes U, I have been able to introduce students and colleagues in China to research on the links between chronic multi-tasking, information overload and stress; discuss research publications and degree programs with students in Europe; and exchange information about the influence of neighborhood design on community levels of physical activity and obesity with students in Australia," said Stokols, whose Environmental Psychology course enrolls over 170,000 students on iTunes U. "The opportunity to impact so many students who are gaining interest in environmental psychology by taking my free course on iTunes U has been highly rewarding and gratifying for me as an educator and learner."

iTunes U courses can now be created by educators in a total of 30 countries. Newly added nations include Brazil, South Korea, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates.

That education content can be accessed via the iTunes U application for iOS in 155 countries. The company reached the 600 million content download milestone in September of 2011, while 300 million was achieved in August 2010.
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iTunes U is a category unto itself in reshaping modern times. What a wonderful concept and along with iBook Author such a gift to the world of Education. Well done Apple.
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What a lovely icon this will be on Apple TV
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iTunes U is a category unto itself in reshaping modern times. What a wonderful concept and along with iBook Author such a gift to the world of Education. Well done Apple.

Well done indeed. It's inroads like this that make the tablet of choice no matter what the competition may bring.
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I wonder how the development of (Music)Hub-U is going? Will probably launch this year, no?
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This is such a great resource for internet connected people around the world. I watch and listen to many lectures from the best colleges… and it's all free.

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iTunes U is a category unto itself in reshaping modern times. What a wonderful concept and along with iBook Author such a gift to the world of Education. Well done Apple.

Indeed, and nobody asked for it and they don't make a dime from it, directly, do they?
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Indeed, and nobody asked for it and they don't make a dime from it, directly, do they?

I don't think they do directly as you say but no doubt the halo effect is phenomenal and there is nothing wrong with that.
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I agree it is a great service.  I seem to recall reading that is started out of a deal between Steve Jobs and Stanford U.

One thing I do find annoying though it is the amount of 2 minute teaser lectures that are a waste of time.  There a plenty though that are really great.  I suppose it depends upon the provider.

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I agree it is a great service.  I seem to recall reading that is started out of a deal between Steve Jobs and Stanford U.
One thing I do find annoying though it is the amount of 2 minute teaser lectures that are a waste of time.  There a plenty though that are really great.  I suppose it depends upon the provider.

That's what I'm afraid of. So long as it's considered a novelty that doesn't hurt business I think most colleges will provide full lecture courses but I can plenty of paths as to how that will change in the future. I've logged hundreds of hours of anthropology* courses from the best universities for free and from the comfort of my home or when having to wait somewhere.

For example, I watching a 50 minute lecture on linguists, a branch of anthropology, just last week while sitting at the DMV waiting to be called. Headphones on, iPad in lap, and I'm using my time a little more effectively than if I was just playing Angry Birds or starring at the far wall. Most people seem to do the latter.

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