Apple’s educational app iTunes U has now crossed 1 billion content downloads, according to media reports. On February 28, 2013, the software company said that users have been making use of lectures, quizzes, reading material and various other educational material via their iTunes U app.

The software was launched in 2007, just before the iPhone and has not really hit mainstream popularity. So it comes as some surprise that the app has been received with such demand. Apple intended for iTunes U to be used by schools, so that they could distribute educational content, now people from all walks of life are making use of it.

Currently there are roughly 250,000 students that are enrolled in courses on iTunes U, there are also vast numbers of people from the wider internet that are also enrolled. This information comes from Eddy Cue, who is the SVP of Apple’s Internet Software and Services division.

With the release of a separate iTunes U app in 2012, the tech company has managed to split content between the parent software iTunes and the iTunes U. This could possibly have resulted in people learning of the benefits of the educational app. Apple’s iTunes U can be downloaded from the Apple store for iOS devices.

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