Apple updates iTunes U and Podcasts iOS apps

Lily Walker
27 July, 2012
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The popular education app, iTunes U, has been updated to version 1.2.

New features allow the user to make notes while watching lectures or listening to them, and enables search of these at a later date. Students can also search any materials in any of their subscribed courses, such as posts and assignments.

Users can now easily share their favourite courses using Messages, Mail or Twitter, part of Apple’s efforts to be more ‘social’. Interaction amongst users can be between teacher and student, inviting them privately to subscribe to special or specific courses and teachers can sign up to have courses distributed via the iTunes U platform.

iTunes U can boast the world’s largest catalogue of free education content with 500,000 completely free lectures, videos, books and resources from universities, school and libraries in 26 different countries.

On the iOS App Store, the free iTunes U app has a rating of four and a half stars.

Apple updates flawed Podcasts app

A month ago today, Apple launched its standalone podcast app and already it’s received an update, after receiving a mere two and a half star rating, with many customers only giving the app one star.

When the app was launched, it was prone to freezing, crashing and often failed to sync. The updated version of the app, simply named ‘Podcasts’, was available from yesterday, as noted by AllThingsD, and Apple claim version 1.0.1 provides a number of improvements, including better performance and stability and some extra but not essential features for users such as podcasts in the library now showing the number of unplanned episodes, and playback speed being remembered for the next episode.

The new version has currently received 202 ratings but is still at a 2 and a half star rating, extremely low for an Apple made app. The app is free and available for iPhone and iPad.


2 people were compelled to have their say. We encourage you to do the same..

  1. Mac Monk says:

    It still sucks. One fast forward speed. No min/max episode listing ie: u have to scroll through 200. I skip/rewind option. I just hate it.

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