In 2007, Apple unveiled iTunes U, a service encouraging schools to offer print, audio, and video downloads of their education programs almost entirely free to the public. Today, according to Apple’s figures obtained by The Loop, the service has hit a new milestone of 600 million downloads. Last August, Apple noted the service hit a milestone of 300 million downloads.
Apple claims that there are now over 1,000 universities actively participating in iTunes U. Prolific universities like Stanford and Open University are part of the program. Both have shared more than 30 millon downloads with users. In addition, Yale University, MIT, University of California Berkeley and the University of South Florida have all reached 20 million downloads each, while Emory University, Harrisburg Area Community College, Ludwig Maxmillians University of Germany and Oxford University have all surpassed the ten million download mark.
Nearly 30 percent of iTunes U traffic now originates from iOS devices. The service is a available worldwide in 123 countries, also counts 60 percent of its users as being outside the US.
Participating organizations often make their content available free to the public, although some limit access to their own members.