iTunes U Education App Review (iOS, Free)

  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Apple
  • Updated: Jan, 19 2012
  • Version: 1.4.1
  • Size: 19.61 MB

Languages: Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, HE, Hungarian, ID, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

Seller: Apple Inc.

This version of iTunes U resolves an issue where the playback speed button may not work as expected.

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
128 Ratings
All Versions:
14449 Ratings


The iTunes U app gives you access to complete courses from leading universities and other schools — plus the world’s largest digital catalog of free education content — right on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Whether you’re majoring in molecular biology at a university, taking Spanish in high school, or just interested in European history, you now have a valuable tool to help you learn anytime, anywhere.


Free courses in a wide array of subjects
• Take free courses created and taught by instructors from leading universities and other schools
• See all assignments and updates from the instructor in one place, and check off assignments as you complete them
• Take notes and highlight text in iBooks and see them consolidated for easy reviewing in the iTunes U app
• Take course notes in class, or while playing audio or video lectures inside of iTunes U
• Access course materials, including audio, video, books, documents & presentations, apps, and iBooks textbooks
• Share your favorite courses with friends using Twitter, Facebook, Mail, and Messages

The world’s largest catalog of free education content
• Choose from more than 750,000 free lectures, videos, books, and other resources on thousands of subjects from Algebra to Zoology
• Browse collections from education and cultural institutions in 30 countries — including Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford, LaTrobe University, University of Tokyo, MoMA, the New York Public Library, and the Library of Congress


• iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 7 or later
• An Apple ID set up for use on the iTunes Store
• iTunes 10.5.2 or later is required to sync with a computer
• The selection of courses, collections, and availability of content linked from within a course may vary by country

Customer Reviews

  • Buggy

    by AndrewT1979

    I love the idea of this app. I hate it's implementation. It is difficult to find courses by category; lectures on literature, for example. Even harder to only find audio or only video courses. Worse, it slows my phone to a crawl when downloading anything. Even browsing the courses takes seemingly forever. Downloads will halt without providing a reason. Try to download more than three lectures at a time and - the phone freezes. Always. Once a course is downloaded, navigation is still almost impossible. To see other lectures in one course, you need to turn on 'subscription' or it will appear to be empty. I wish it was a better app.

  • Yale Law - Comments on Immigration Overhaul needs

    by JennWindham

    This was an excellent talk outlining field research completed in Fall 2013 on both the US side and the Mexico side in areas of high emigration. Main points include that as long as the 8:1 earnings disparity exists and US employers are hiring, economic considerations will lead rational wage earners to head to the US to work. Land border between US and Mexico is the deadliest in the world with over 23 times the number of people killed at the Berlin Wall - but they still make it to US jobs. Law makers would do well to understand the futility of policies designed to prevent and/or punish immigration from Mexico as long as 8:1 earning disparity exist, but could get tax revenues to offset the costs if it would make pathways to legal residency and calibrate work permits to market demand for unskilled labor. Would be a five-star presentation if could have seen slides recferred to in talk; hard to follow without seeing slides.

  • Best App

    by Last Hope Nick


  • Almost everything I ever wanted to know!

    by GraceOM

    This is the app that makes an ipad worthwhile (this and the games). There are an incredible array of subjects taught by knowledgeable people. You can go as fast as you want when you are learning a topic. I've gone through three so far and have about 15 more on my list to do.

  • It's cool

    by Epzoe

    Let's see how it goes

  • Should be on Mac!!!

    by Alex Quigz

    This is great on iPad and iPhone, but would be really helpful on Mac!

  • So far so good

    by inasisi

    I use it for following a Stanford course and it has been good.

  • Great App

    by oldseacaptain

    good app

  • Fixed playback speed - yea!

    by S A 007

    And now a much better rating. One star off for the 2 months I couldn't use this app on my brand new Air. Note to developers, don't get complacent, one miss caused me much grief from an app that I use heavily.

  • Won't download

    by Jhusnuhsuhs

    This app won't download on my iPad mini. It just stays in the beginning as always.

  • Good app (but download problem)

    by Tybo7

    Good app. Fixed the speed adjustment which is a great feature. However, there is still an issue with downloading. I will download the lecture, then when I hit play it will re-download but only half the lecture. Therefore I have to use my 4G instead of downloading on my wifi.

  • Excellent resource for students, professionals, and those wanting to learn and grow

    by Pmabraham

    I started using iTunes University back in May 2013 to prepare for going back to college. Once in college, I've been using iTunes University classes to give me an edge. It's great to be able to listen to or watch lectures on a mobile platform like the iPad.

  • Some tweaks needed

    by (: ME :)

    It's good, but please add support for swiping to go back. It's really sad that's not implemented. The active button state isn't consistent with the rest of iOS 7. Tapping back renders the chevron darker blue and the text remains the same color while elsewhere both become a lighter shade when tapped. Please be consistent. Thanks!

  • Best app

    by Katsydney0

    This is such an incredible app.

  • Thank you for the great update.

    by Sherap6

    Thank you for great application. I am a college student.

  • Working Great

    by jonlog0

    Would love a different background color, but this is a great app.

  • Need two more buttons on the lock screen!

    by Vance Hu

    When listening to audio lessons I hope that there are two more buttons: a 15 seconds fast forward button and a fast backward button.

  • Good update

    by Momba7

    So many great courses. Love it.

  • Breath Taking.

    by Malitia storm

    Wow... This is probably the best app I've ever downloaded. Download this app now, you will not regret it.

  • Back to full capacity and pretty too

    by name not given

    Thanks for fixing the playback issue!

  • A bit bias

    by K_rA_m

    I would like to use the app for my studies, but The University of Texas at Brownsville is not included in the list of Universities. Until then my rating stands

  • I sont like the new look

    by Precious Laura

    Pls bring back the classic look or give us a few design options to choose from.

  • Undo the update

    by Madmjad

    Ever since updating this app, it constantly crashes. Please fix!

  • Needs work


    Too buggy and has speed issues to response. Esp on a 5s

  • iPad air

    by Janae Cheney

    Won't open on my iPad air...super bummed

  • Very frustrating

    by pastoraustin81

    If I pause a session and come back to it later, it's never in the spot I left it. Sometimes it will restart the whole session, other times it will pick up randomly in some position earlier that I've already heard. Almost makes this app useless to me

  • ITunes U app won't open on iPad Air

    by Unusable!!

    This app,won't,open on my new iPad air. All other apps are working fine. I have a first generation iPad and iTunes U opens fine on that. What's the problem?

  • Doesn't work!

    by musicalmommy07

    I can't use this with my Ipod gen four! All the material I have bought is now useless!!!!!


    by I love Air Penguin

    I am very dissapointed with this app. I was initially very excited to get this app, but upon trying to download it on my 4th generation iPod touch, but an error message popped up that this app rewuires iOS 7 or higher. When is iTunes going to learn that there are still many iPod touch/iOS 6 users out there!!

  • Out of luck?

    by phenol

    I just bought an iPod with iOS 6.1 - so I cannot download iTunes U? :(

  • Great update other than a new bug

    by nbnesbitt

    Has always worked well until I recently downloaded 5 courses after the most recent update. Will not play them or allow me to delete them. Once this is fixed: 5/5 stars!

  • Can't get to catalog

    by Kev5200

    Used to be great. Now all I get is an empty bookshelf with no link to get to the catalog.

  • Fixed

    by Summerdeez

    Speed issue is fixed. Great job.

  • Why!?

    by Oookiujnh

    Needs playback speed option back. Worthless without it!

  • Speed

    by Sapastanlee

    Why is double speed not fixed yet? You're killing me! Medical school studying is 1x speed is not ok!

  • 1.4 is not good

    by Compscie

    This new version 1.4 does not have the 1.5x speed button nor the 2x speed button. I wish I had not upgraded.

  • Play back speed not working

    by CSM James

    Please fix the playback speed option. Every time you have updated this app since iOS 7 something has not worked. Maybe you should have left it alone.

  • Glitch

    by Satayda831

    I was working on a project, and I went to get in a different page but nothing would load up. I try to go back, but that wouldn't load either. I tried to reinstall the app, but it won't reinstall or download at all. I tried different methods to fix it and make it install but nothing is working, please fix this because I need this for the information on my project.

  • A great app!


    College courses in the palm of my hand! Love it! I don't understand why the app icon is so ugly, and why several apple apps share one color, Orange?

  • Horrible. iOS 7 is a joke.

    by Gregory Paul

    iOS 7 is a ridiculous joke. I want my money back you thieves. Apple is on the way to bankruptcy once again. Poor Steve...

  • Review

    by Playback speed

    The upgrade does not allow you to change playback speed. Please fix this!


    by Misz Jez

    This version is absolutely horrible. The playback speed option does not work so you cannot listen at 1.5x or 2x rate. FIX THIS PLEASE!

  • Bring back iOS 6 support!!

    by Olena NR

    Please, bring back iOS 6 support! Not all devices work well with the new system yet. It is unfair to punish us for that by not letting us use the app!!

  • None stop crashing

    by Jpuerta13

    The app only crashes and I won't stop trying to download videos which there's no memory for

  • Terrible UI

    by tyler.right

    One star for horrible design

  • repeat

    by ellecortez

    please add a repeat option!

  • Playback Speed is not working

    by Crispin Freeman

    One of the reasons I loved iTunes U in the past is because it allowed me to change the rate of playback speed on my lectures. The button to change the speed of the playback is still there, but it is unresponsive. Please fix ASAP. Don't make me have to change all my files to Audiobooks in order to have the functionality that iTunes U has had since it began.

  • Worthless without the Playback Speed

    by Everynicknamehasbeentaken

    Apple has gone down hill without Jobs. No response after all the complaints and the playback speed.. It seems like it would be an easy fix. Really disappointing. It's getting harder to justify the high cost of apple with the continued degradation of quality...

  • Playback speed

    by Philip Mullins

    Cannot change the playback speed, one the key reasons I use this app. Please fix!

  • Playback speed!

    by xxp816


  • Bad update

    by cwj

    I can't listen to lectures on my iPod when offline. I get a "playback failed " error. I could before the update. This is a big flaw in the program!

  • I Tunes U

    by yannina vera

    It used to be perfect before the update, all it does now is freezes and there's glitches everywhere. Please fix!

  • Playback speed

    by Maximiliano9

    The playback speed options are working for me. Absolutely enthralled to finally see this update! However, it doesn't remember my playback speed every time.

  • Ugly, confusing

    by Professor_Moriarty

    I've always loved this app but I hate the new iOS 7 look. Ugly, not user friendly, takes more effort to navigate.

  • Playback speed?

    by Fullbelly-happyheart

    I love this app, but I only had time to listen at higher speed. Now the variable playback speed button doesn't work...

  • Playback speed control not working anymore

    by Danny111111111

    This is the main reason I use itunesU, but with the last update it does not work. Need to fix it now. They still have not fixed the speed issue and it has been almost a month.

  • Another garbage update

    by Mikel14

    This update ruined iTunes U since the speed control button no longer works. It just says 1X and can't be changed. I like that it now has skip ahead and back 15 seconds buttons but without the speed control it's useless to me so I'm using the speeduptv app

  • Playback options

    by Tango the cat212

    Could you please fix the playback option. That was my most favorite thing in this app. Saves me time which is very important to me.

  • Variable speed control

    by Randcs12

    The variable speed control is broken please fix. I use it all the time.

  • Good, but has bugs.

    by Camooo

    I like the redesign, and I think iTunes U is a great platform. But the video player has some major bugs. It is nearly impossible to get through an entire lecture without the video freezing on my iPad with Retina Display.

  • Can't double playback speed

    by 13527744sgh

    The new update lost the option to double playback speed

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