iTunes U Tops 1 Billion Free Downloads to Schools and Universities

Talk about schooling the competition (quite literally) -- Apple on Wednesday announced that iTunes U content downloads have surpassed one billion. According to Apple, iTunes U is the largest online catalog of free educational content from top schools and prominent libraries, museums, and organizations, which educators can use to put together lectures, assignments, quizzes, and so forth.

"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."

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Interestingly, more than 60 percent of iTunes U app downloads originate from outside the U.S., Apple says. Educators can create iTunes U courses in 30 countries, which can then be accessed via the iTunes U app in 155 countries overall.

Here in the States, the Mansfield Independent School District in Texas is one of Apple's biggest proponents, providing each of their over 10,000 high school students and faculty with an iPad.

There are over 75,000 educational apps now available for iOS on the App Store