iTunes U at UGA: Frequently Asked Questions
Will I have to pay to access UGA on iTunes U?
No. You may freely preview and download all of the content from UGA on iTunes U.
How do I access UGA on iTunes U?
First, make sure you have the most current version of iTunes installed on your Mac or PC computer. To download the application, visit to www.apple.com/itunes. Also make sure that you are running the most current update of your system software.
Next, launch the iTunes application and click on “iTunes Store” in the source list. Select "iTunes U" in the top left navigation area, and click on “UGA” on the resulting page. Alternatively, you can go directly to our iTunes U page via the "Open UGA on iTunes U" link at itunes.uga.edu.
Is UGA's content part of the iTunes Music Store?
Yes! You may now search for and access UGA content directly in the iTunes Store. Look for UGA in the “iTunes U” section.
Is the UGA on iTunes content under copyright protection?
While we do not implement any digital rights management (DRM) for UGA on iTunes content, we do use UGA University copyright releases to protect each piece of content on the site. We are working with the UGA General Counsel’s Office and Apple’s legal team to develop an integrated solution for copyright protection of UGA on iTunes digital content.
What are podcasts?
"Podcasting" refers to a push-pull delivery technology (namely RSS feeds) for downloading digital media files. At this time, UGA on iTunes U does not offer podcast feeds, and our files can only be downloaded directly from the iTunes Store. However, we do plan to introduce RSS feeds in the near future, which will allow users to "subscribe" and automatically download new content from our site via iTunes or another podcast application.
Where in iTunes is the content I downloaded from UGA on iTunes U?
Currently, users may access UGA content in the iTunes Store via direct download and progressive download previews. Content downloaded from UGA on iTunes U appears in a smart playlist called "UGA" in the playlists section of the iTunes application.
In the near future, we plan to introduce RSS feeds to select parts of the site which may be subscribed to and found in the "Podcasts" section of the iTunes application.
Do I have to use iTunes and Apple products to have access?
Currently, you must use the iTunes application to download content. Apple offers a free Windows version of iTunes at http://www.apple.com/itunes.
You do not need a Macintosh, iTunes, or an iPod to play the audio files. All you will need is a player capable of playing .mp4, .m4v, .mov, and .mp3 formats.
Why did UGA and Apple collaborate on this project?
UGA on iTunes U grew organically out of a pilot project with Apple, beginning in the spring of 2004, to deliver supplemental course content to registered students using iTunes. We soon realized that the same platform would be an elegant and cost-effective way to deliver UGA content to alumni and the public as well.
The project has proven to be a great fit between UGA and Apple. Apple provides us with an intuitive and broadscale method for distribution, as well as the storage and bandwidth for our content.
How do we create our own iTunes U site?
UGA on iTunes U is a part of the Apple’s iTunes U initiative. You can learn more about it by visiting the iTunes U website.
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