Thursday, February 09, 2006

Apple launches free university and college podcasts

Apple has introduced a free service that enables colleges and universities to put course lectures and other learning materials online using Apple’s iTunes software.

They have been working with six US universities, including Stamford, on the pilot project for more than a year and have recently invited a bunch of other universities to participate. This is the most fabulous idea.

ITunes U allows students to download podcasts and vodcasts on their computers and iPods so they can listen to and watch the recorded lectures anywhere, any time. Hey, no need to go to university or college any more to listen.

Also damned clever move by Apple to further broaden their penetration of the student and teen market. The more boring lectures they have to listen to the more likely they are to download a tune on iTunes and 'take a break'.

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