Apple has announced that its iTunes U service, claimed to be the world’s largest online catalog of free educational content has managed to cross the impressive 1 Billion downloads mark. iTunes U contains free content sourced from schools, libraries, museums and other such organizations and is a product aimed at helping educationists and teachers create courses and lectures complete with assignments, puzzles and quizzes.
In a statement released by Apple, the company’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue said, “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.”
Apple adds that using iTunes U, over 2,400 universities, colleges, and institutions across the globe host well over 2,500 public art, sciences, medicine, education and business related courses. There are also private courses that number in the thousands.
It was back in 2010 that iTunes U crossed the 300 million downloads mark and it took three years to reach that mark. Growth from that point has been faster and it has taken just over two years to reach 700 million more downloads and hit the 1 Billion mark.