iTunes U has surpassed 1 billion downloads with more than 60 percent of the downloads from outside of the United States.
“It’s inspiring to see what educators and students of all types are doing with iTunes U,” Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, says in the statement.
Users from all over the globe have accessed the world’s largest online catalog of free educational content, posted by universities, museums, and organizations. More than 100,000 students are taking classes from Duke University, Yale University, Cambridge University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and other institutions. Stanford University alone has received more than 60 million downloads.
iTunes U’s offerings range from "The Art of Video Games Exhibition" from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and "Virology" from Columbia University to "The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877" from Yale University.
One popular course is professor Matthew Stoltzfus’ general chemistry course from Ohio State University, according to the statement. The course had more than 100,000 iTunes U students the first year it was offered.