Stanford, Open University reach 50 million downloads on iTunes U

Two of Apple’s university partners reached significant milestones this month on the company’s free education service, iTunes U. Both Stanford and Open University reached 50 million downloads of their respective content.

“It shows there is a huge appetite for high-quality educational content,” said Brent Izutsu, the senior program manager for Stanford on iTunes U. “And that will only grow as more people look online to supplement their education.”

Stanford includes more than 100 collections of course lectures in a variety of subjects ranging from entrepreneurship to clinical anatomy.

Since the iTunes U app launched in January, subscriptions to Stanford’s channel reached 300,000. Open University did even better.

Open University is the first school in Europe to reach one million active subscriptions through the iTunes U app. OU says it sees more than 40,000 new downloads each day.

“With more than 50 million downloads to date, we know that students value our high-quality learning materials, and that is really underlined by the speed with which we have reached one million iTunes U app course subscribers,” said Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor of The Open University.