Apple announced today that iTunes U, their podcast-like service that provides for educational content from universities, museums, libraries, and like-minded organizations on iTunes, has topped one billion downloads. According to 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. 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.”
Here's the content breakdown Apple provided:
More than 1,200 universities and colleges, and 1,200 K-12 schools and districts host over 2,500 public and thousands of private courses encompassing the arts, sciences, health and medicine, education, business and more. Leading universities including Duke, Yale, Cambridge, MIT and Oxford continue to extend their reach by enrolling more than 100,000 students in single iTunes U courses, with Stanford University and The Open University each surpassing 60 million content downloads.
Apple also reported that 60% of iTunes U downloads were outside the U.S., and that iTunes U course creation was now available in over 30 countries, and accessed in over 155 countries.
I've watched a lot of iOS-releated courses on iTunes U, along with many of the inspirational addresses. It's amazing stuff, and an incredible recourse. Congrats to Apple and all the educators who've made it possible.
You can access iTunes U via iTunes on Mac or Windows, or via the iTunes U app on iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.