Apple confirmed Thursday that its iTunes U education service has logged more than one billion downloads from users.
Interestingly, Apple notes, 60 percent of those downloads occurred from outside of the U.S.
iTunes U, available as a free download in the App Store, offers free educational content leading schools, esteemed academic libraries, museums and other educational organizations.
More than 1,200 universities and colleges, and 1,200 K-12 schools and districts host over 2,500 public and thousands of private courses encompassing the arts, sciences, health and medicine, education, business and more.
“It’s inspiring to see what educators and students of all types are doing with iTunes U,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “With the incredible content offered on iTunes U, students can learn like never before―there are now iTunes U courses with more than 250,000 students enrolled in them, which is a phenomenal shift in the way we teach and learn.”
To read Apple’s announcement issued this morning via press release, click here.