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Oxford and Cambridge Universities Now Offer Courses On Apple's iTunes service

It was only a matter of time before more British universities start offering free content; both Oxford and Cambridge universities, which rank amongst the world's most prestigious educational institutions, have announced that they will offer educational multimedia resources for free through iTunes's iTunes U section.

Both universities will gradually put all their multimedia content in the public domain as part of a drive to reach out for a much wider audience; the content will include videos, podcasts, music tracks and other content from a wide variety of renowned contributors including some Nobel Prize winners.

As well as being an educational tool, Oxford (opens in new tab) and Cambridge (opens in new tab) are also hoping that it will be a great marketing one as well as they are also providing background information for interested prospective students.

iTunes U is a section on Apple dedicated to Education and the Open university and the University College of London are already part of the programme which has seen dozens of universities worldwide contributing content for free.

Unfortunately, you will need to have access to iTunes (either on Mac or PC) to be able to get hold of the content although any media player that can play .mp4 videos or AAC audio files will work.

This is in start contrast with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, OpenCourseware (opens in new tab), which offer not only the lecture notes but also files in the more widely recognised MP3 and RM formats.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.