Apple Releases Free ‘iTunes U’ Software to Colleges

Apple has officially released iTunes U. This software allows Colleges and Universities to create and offer an iTunes Music Store-like interface for their users. iTunes U was created out of a synergistic relationship between Apple and Stanford University. Take a look at Apple Releases Free ‘iTunes U’ Software to Colleges for Coursecasting from the Chronicle of Higher Education site.

A few things come to mind:

  • I wonder what the user agreement looks like? I’ve searched around to try to get a look at the Apple user/license agreement, but have been unable to find anything.
  • The Chronicle article indicates that the all the files will live on Apple servers. This may bring up potential ownership, copyright, and liability issues.
  • Apple’s iTunes U website indicates that the software “complements learning management systems”, this includes Blackboard, WebCT, and Sakai (Oncourse here at IU). It will be interesting to see how this integration works, and if plugins already exist for such integration.
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