About iTunes U

What is it?

iTunes U is a powerful distribution system for everything from lectures to language lessons, films to labs, and audiobooks to tours! An innovative way to get educational content into the hands of students, iTunes U currently hosts more than 350,000 free lectures, videos, films, and other resources produced by leading colleges, universities, museums, libraries, and educational institutions around the world.

By sharing content on iTunes U, you can easily connect with students, peers, and the public while strengthening your college's reputation for excellence in teaching and research. You'll also be helping UK join the ranks of major content creators like Stanford, Yale, UC Berkeley, MoMA, the NY Public Library, and PRI.

For more information about the uses and benefits of iTunes U, read more about iTunes U in Education.

How can I use it?

iTunes U can be used to distribute UK-related content to members of the UK community or to the general public. Examples of uses include:

  • academic content for a specific course or courses
  • recordings of lecture or presentation series, guest speakers, or special events
  • research news and announcements
  • student recruitment materials
  • promotional content for a college, department, research project, organization, or event
  • training or informational materials
  • artistic or dramatic performances
  • community outreach

iTunes supports audio, audio enhanced (audio with a slide show), video, PDF, and ePub content, including iBooks interactive textbooks. Unlike YouTube or Vimeo, which require users to maintain an internet connection to view streaming audio and video content, the iTunes software is designed to allow content to be downloaded to a user's personal computer or mobile device. This allows users to save iTunes U content and play it back even when offline. Users can also subscribe to podcast series that interest them and new episodes will download automatically. Because both streaming and download options have benefits, some of our publishers post content simultaneously on iTunes U and YouTube or Vimeo so their viewers can choose their preferred method of access.

Who can use it?

Accessing content:

  • UK's public content can be viewed and downloaded by anyone, including the general public.
  • Users who log in with a link blue userID and password will have access to files that are restricted to the UK community in addition to all public content.

Publishing content:

  • All members of the UK community are welcome to publish UK-related content to iTunes U. Current publishers include faculty, staff, students, colleges/departments, clubs, Greek organizations, and more!
  • To get started, request an account.

Where is it?

To view or publish files on iTunes U, you must have the iTunes application installed on your computer. iTunes is a free download and is available for Macintosh and Windows computers. After installing the software, viewers can login on UK's iTunes U portal page, which will automatically open the iTunes application to UK's published iTunes U content.

To publish or edit content you have prepared, you must use the unique content maintainer access URL given to you upon account creation.


All use of iTunes U is free. There is no charge for the iTunes U software or for content in the iTunes U section of the iTunes Store.

Please note that not ALL content in the iTunes Store is free. Users may be charged fees for downloading content in other areas of the iTunes Store. UK is not responsible for charges incurred outside of UK's section of iTunes U.

Getting Help

For technical support related to publishing content to iTunes U, call the UKIT Service Desk at 218-HELP (218-4357) or email helpdesk@uky.edu.

For questions related to downloading or installing the iTunes software application, or to accessing content on iTunes U, visit the iTunes U Support Site.

For instructional support, including best practices for effective educational use, contact the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) or Distance Learning Programs.

Technical Requirements

Download Page and System Requirements