Today’s Apple Announcement: iTunes U – A new app that you’ll ‘learn’ to love

Say hello to the newest app in education: iTunes U App.

The iTunes U app gives you access to complete courses from leading universities and other schools — plus the world’s largest digital catalog of free education content — right on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

This app is a pretty big deal already. Why? How many apps do you know that launch with a library of unique content from Stanford, Duke, MIT, Yale, Cambridge and other top name universities?

Prior to today’s revamp and app launch, iTunes U served up educational content to students, reaching over 700 million downloads. It has always been one of iTunes’ hidden gems, providing access to lectures, course material, presentations and more from top universities. Today, iTunes U is offering over 500,000 free lectures, videos, books and other content from institutions across 26 countries, says Apple.

But today, they’re adding support for K-12! That means that the content will transorm iOS devices into educational tools for even younger students. That means that teachers of kids in young age groups can provide them with quizzes, handouts and even homework assignments in applications.

Whether you’re majoring in molecular biology at a university, taking Spanish in high school, or just interested in European history, you now have a valuable tool to help you learn anytime, anywhere.

All of the content is free, and the app is free.
- Free courses in a wide array of subjects
- The world’s largest catalog of free education content
- What more could you ask?

I know I ask myself, with such a massive free catalogue – which is sure to grow exponentially with K-12 content – how big of a play is this for Apple? Is this as big as the Mac? The iPod? The iPhone?

Whatever it is, go get the app and start learning stuff.

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