iTunes U: Over a Billion Served

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Downloads from Apple's education-based iTunes U service have topped the billion mark, and over 250,000 students are enrolled in iTunes U-based online courses. Over 2,500 courses are available to the public from school districts, universities and colleges, and even more are available to students enrolled in specific educational institutions.

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"It's inspiring to see what educators and students of all types are doing with iTunes U," commented Apple senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue.

According to Apple, more than 60 percent of the iTunes U app downloads are coming from people outside of the United States, and schools from 30 countries are participating in the program.

iTunes U is an online service where the public and students can download and participate in online classes, lectures and presentations from a long list of educational institutions including universities such as Oxford, Yale, Cambridge, and MIT. Apple also offers a free app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch to downloading and managing iTunes U courses.

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iTunes U courses and lectures can be great for people wanting to learn more without having to spend extra money, and are a handy tool to students that need to see lectures outside of the regular school schedule. It's an easy way for schools to distribute content and courses, and at a billion downloads it looks like service is proving to be popular.

Schools need to break down their classroom walls to meet the needs of modern students, and Apple gets that.

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Jeff, as a tech-minded educator, I could not agree with you more, especially schools in the US, where there is a lot of knuckle dragging when it comes to breaking away from the ever lessening relevancy of traditional education methods and truly breaking down the walls of the classroom.

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