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Apple has launched a whole new version of iTunes U, now available on both the iPhone and iPad. iTunes U is Apple’s take on education, and provides entire courses from different universities, colleges, and other facilities from around the world.

We’re not talking about merely podcasts and videos. The courses on iTunes U include everything, and that means handouts, exams, answers and much more material in the form of PDF files you can download for free. The app offers courses on numerous different topics, which come from big places like Harvard and Cambridge, or small ones like community colleges, and even includes K-12 courses.

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The main screen of the app looks very much like iBooks, and displays the courses you’ve subscribed to on the familiar wooden shelf. You can browse the iTunes U catalog by institute, browse new courses, or search for your favorite topics. When you subscribe for a course, iTunes U downloads all the core material, and informs you that supplemental material may be purchased from the iTunes Store, App Store or iBookstore.

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This venture of Apple’s goes hand in hand with their new iBooks textbooks, and is aimed at both educators, who can design entire courses and make them available through the app, and for students, who can easily access course material and sync it between their different devices.

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What do you think of iTunes U? Are you planning to use it?

Source: TUAW

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  3. FekketCantenel
    January 26, 2012 at 5:16 am

    I'm trying it out on my iPhone, and so far, wow, this is buggy and useless.

    1) It appears to be a memory hog, using half of my available memory immediately after a respring.

    2) I did a search for 'Spanish' and only got two results; browsing in the Language section found many more.

    3) There doesn't appear to be a way to subscribe to a course in this version; you have to manually download each track.

    4) I attempted to download tracks from several different courses, but no matter what, they wouldn't appear in my library. There's also no screen that shows current downloads; the 'dropping this file into the download tab' animation happens, but into random space where there is no tab. The 'FREE' button becomes a greyed-out 'DOWNLOADING' for a while, and then reverts to 'FREE'.

    Edit: There's apparently a difference between 'courses' (to which you can subscribe) and 'collections' of audio/video files that you could download if it weren't buggy. This is pretty non-intuitive, though.

    • Yaara
      January 26, 2012 at 8:57 am

      That's too bad. It was actually very responsive and fast on my iPad, but I haven't tried in on an iPhone.

      I had no problem downloading stuff either, and the search also worked well, although I didn't try searching for a language.

      Oh well, I guess there will be some iterations to this in the near future. Just out of curiosity, what iPhone are you using? And which version of iOS?

      • FekketCantenel
        January 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm

        3GS, iOS 5.0.1, jailbroken.

        • Yaara
          January 26, 2012 at 6:01 pm

          Ah well. I thought it might be a iOS version issue, but yours is newer than mine (I'm on iPad 1, iOS 5).

          If the app doesn't work well on iPhone 3GS, they have some improvements to do!

        • LEON
          July 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm

          Why this application doesn't work on iPhone 3gs?

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