In addition to iTunes Plus, Apple today also announced the launch of iTunes U, a dedicated area within the iTunes Store (www.itunes.com) featuring free content – such as course lessons, language lessons, demonstrations. in the laboratory, sports highlights and campus tours – provided by the best American colleges and universities including Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Duke University and MIT.
'ITunes U makes it easy for anyone to access excellent educational content created by a number of respected American universities and colleges,' said Eddy Cue, Apple's vice president of iTunes. "Learning is a lifelong journey and we are happy to offer everyone the opportunity to download lessons, speeches and other academic content for free."
'Since the beginning of its history, Stanford has had the goal of serving the public by sharing the knowledge generated by our institution and students,' said John Etchemendy, Stanford Rector. "Our partnership with Apple and iTunes U provide a creative and innovative way of involving millions of people in our training, learning and research paths and sharing the experience of research and intellectual discovery that characterizes our university."
Created in collaboration with colleges and universities, iTunes U makes it easier than ever to broaden knowledge, deepen the subjects of interest, learn about a school and keep in contact with an alma mater. ITunes contents can be loaded onto an iPod with a single click and listened to on the go, at any time making studying a lesson as simple and enjoyable as listening to music.