iTunes U Hits 1 Billion Downloads as Apple Tops 8 Million iPads in Schools

iTunes_u[1]Some Apple news today turned out to be nothing but bollocks but not all. Apple sent out a press release earlier today with a new boast. iTunes U, Apple’s 6-year-old education-focused content store, has just hit 1,000,000,000 downloads.

iTunes U has really taken off since Apple spun it out into its own app at the same time they launched iBooks Author in January 2012.

Apple now boasts that some iTunes U courses have enrollments of more than 250,000 students – in a single course. Leading universities including Duke, Yale, Cambridge, MIT and Oxford continue to extend their reach by enrolling more than 100,000 students in single iTunes U courses.

In other news, Apple also reported today that they have sold over 4 and a half million iPads to US schools since the launch of iBooks Author, and currently support over 8 million iPads in use in schools around the world.

6660073135_a315ee4b17[1]According to the press release, more than 60% of iTunes U app downloads originate from outside the US. Over 1,200 secondary schools and another 1,200 K-12 schools offer free educational material and related content as well as thousands of private and over 2,500 public courses across a broad range of topics, including the arts, sciences, health and medicine, education, business, and more, with Stanford University and The Open University each surpassing 60 million content downloads.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


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