This is hardly surprising news. Apple is extending it’s popular iPod brand into the college classroom. According to May Wong, AP technology writer. Apple has been working with six pilot schools for more than a year to help them establish systems whereby students can dowload lectures and other classroom materials directly to their iPods.
“The University of Missouri offered podcasts of lectures through its school network before it signed up with Apple last summer as a pilot school,” writes Wong, “But “iTunes U” offered a software and service package for free, said Keith Politte, the development officer at the university’s School of Journalism.” Stanford University not only offers its students course lectures through its iTunes affiliated site, the school also allows students to download audio broadcasts of its sporting events, writes Wong. Very cool.