iTunes U

iTunes U is an Apple, Inc. sponsored service that gives faculty, students, and staff the ability to manage, deliver, and control access to educational audio, video and pdf content.  Madison College provides access to this service through a Blackboard Learning System Building Block which can be accessed by making a request for an account to the Helpdesk at extention 6666.  You will need to provide the 5 digit PeopleSoft number associated with the class you want to be made available (either publicly or privately) via iTunes U.

Types of content that can be delivered through this tool include course lectures, language lessons, lab demonstrations and announcements.  Please review the resources below for assistance with uploading and managing content as well as creating content.

iTunes U User Guide

iTunes U General Support (Apple website)

Podcasting Resources

Creating a podcast is not computer specific.  If you got an editing program and a way to bring in your audio or video into a computer, then you can create a podcast.  There are many applications (free and paid) at your disposal to do this.  Click on a link below for more information on various computer programs, tutorials and downloadable handouts. 

PC Resources

Mac Resources

Supported File Formats

iTunes U supports the distribution of compressed audio and video files. Apple recommends using the following formats for your iTunes U audio and video content:

  • Audio files (AAC, MP3) with appropriate file extensions (.m4a, .mp3). For best results during playback, Apple recommends converting MP3 files greater than 32 megabytes (MB) to AAC format. For AAC audio files, Apple recommends the following specifications:

    • Audio Format: Baseline Low-Complexity Profile with AAC-LC (Music)

    • Data Rate: Up to 160 Kbps

    • Channels: Stereo in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov formats

    • Output Sample Rate: 48 kHz

    • Encoding Quality: Better

  • Video files (MPEG-4 with H.264 compression) with appropriate file extensions (.mp4, .m4v, .mov). For best results with iPod, Apple recommends using MPEG-4 with H.264 compression with the following specifications:

    • Video Format: MPEG-4 with H.264

    • Data Rate: Up to 1.5 Mbps

    • Image Size: 640 x 480 pixels

    • Frame Rate: 30 frames per second

    • Key Frame: Every 24 frames

    • Audio Tracks: Baseline Low-Complexity Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps

You can also use iTunes U to distribute Portable Document Format (PDF) files.

If you are using QuickTime to create and edit video content, Apple recommends that you export your videos by choosing “Movie to iPod” from the Export pop-up menu in QuickTime Pro. For more information, see

Note: Some MP3 audio files, specifically ID3 version 1.x tagged files, have known issues displaying track artwork information. To use specific artwork with these audio files, Apple recommends either converting the files to MP3 files tagged as ID3 version 2.4 or converting the files to the AAC file type format (.m4a).

For details on preparing content, see “Creating Content.” For information on uploading these file types to your iTunes U site, see “Adding Content.”