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Access iTunes U on Mac OS X

Use iTunes U to view or download educational materials, including free lectures, videos, books, and other resources on thousands of subjects. You can access iTunes U content through the iTunes application on your computer or through a provided iTunes U link.

All Mac OS X computers come with iTunes installed. These instructions were developed using iTunes 11.1 (v.11.1.5) on a Mac OS X Lion (10.7.5). Steps may vary for other Macintosh operating systems.

Access iTunes U through iTunes

  1. In Finder, go to Applications > iTunes. Note: Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes. Your computer will prompt you to update to the latest version if necessary. find-itunes
  2. Double-click iTunes. iTunes will open.         
  3. In the top right corner, click iTunes Store. The iTunes Store will open. Note: Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  4. In the iTunes Store top menu bar, click iTunes U (at right). The iTunes U home page will open.
    (Optional) Click the small arrow next to iTunes U for a drop-down menu with quick links for different iTunes U materials (e,g., Arts & Architecture, Business). 
  5. In iTunes U, use the navigation at right, the search function (top right) or the main page shortcuts to locate courses and collections. 
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  6. On a course or collection home page, you can access individual lectures, podcasts, and related documents, share files, and subscribe to course updates.
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    • Click the price of an item (e.g., Free) to download it to your iTunes Library and access it without Internet connectivity.
    • Some materials may only be available on iOS devices.
    • To get the URL of an individual lecture or podcast, in the Price column, click the arrow, then select Copy Link. Paste the link in an email message or a document.

Access iTunes U through a Provided Link

You may receive the URL for a specific iTunes U file or course.

  1. Click the iTunes U link. A browser window will open. You can stream content directly from this page. Note: To download content or to subscribe for updates, you must access the course in iTunes U.
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  2. To access the content in iTunes U, click click the blue View in iTunes button (center left) or View in iTunes next to an individual file. iTunes U will open to the home page of the course.