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iTunes U

iTunes U is a dedicated section of Apple’s iTunes Music Store that features educational media  files available for free download to the general public through the iTunes application.

Getting Started

Before you Request

You will need the following information before contacting us to set up a new iTunes U site:

  1. AppleID: AppleIDs are available for free and can be setup at https://appleid.apple.com
    1. iTunes U sites are hosted on Apple servers which require an AppleID for contributors uploading and managing site content. Each contributor should have their own AppleID.
    2. If you already have a personal AppleID, we recommend setting up a separate AppleID just for managing your iTunes U site.
  2. Create Content: iTunes U sites require at least one media file upload before the site can be published into the live iTunes catalog. Our staff will be unable to complete the setup process if you are unable to upload at least one file to the site.
  3. Site Information: Apple will ask for the following information during setup:(Required)
    1. Title: This will be the title for your iTunes U site.
    2. Author: Please include the name of the individual or group who will be authoring the content for the iTunes U site.
  4. (Optional)
    1. Language: Please indicate if the recorded content will use a language other than English.
    2. Advisory Label: Please indicate if the recordings will contain explicit materials.
    3. Subtitle: A short description for the collection.
    4. Summary: A detailed description for the collection.
    5. Keywords: Allows up to 12 words for searching. Suggested use is common misspellings of title to ensure searchability.
    6. Site Image: Apple allows one JPEG image, with at least 1400 x 1400 pixels. Images should have square dimensions.

How to Request

Request an iTunes U site by contacting the OIT HelpDesk online or by phone at 865-974-9900. Please provide the OIT HelpDesk staff with the information from steps 1 & 3 listed above.

Setup Process

Our staff will review your request and begin the site setup process after you submit your request to the OIT HelpDesk. Here is an overview of the setup process.

  1. Our staff will enter the information provided into the Apple system to start the site setup process.
  2. Our staff will contact you through the OIT HelpDesk ticketing system after the initial site information is entered. This message will arrive in your UTK email. You will be asked to login to the Apple Public Site Manager using your AppleID. NOTE: You must use the Safari or Chrome web browser to login to the Apple Public Site Manager.
  3. Upload at least one media file in the Public Site Manager. After your upload is complete please reply to the email message you received from the OIT HelpDesk ticketing system.
  4. When our staff receives this reply we will Publish your site and it will become live in the iTunes catalog. You will have full control of the site after the Publish is complete. 

How to Upload Content to iTunes U

Content posted to iTunes U is available to the general public. Anyone with an Internet connection and iTunes installed can listen and/or download media stored here.

iTunes U interface

AppleID

iTunes U sites require login with an AppleID to be a contributor (upload or manage content). Users do NOT need an AppleID to listen to or download any of the site content. Creating an AppleID is free.

Public Site Manager

screenshot of AppleID sign inUse the Public Site Manager interface to upload media to your iTunes U collection. You must use the Safari or Chrome browser to login.
Use the following link to log into the Public Site Manager interface:

https://sitemanager.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/DZStudio.woa/wa/SignIn

Accessing & Updating Your Collections

screenshot of collections

Once logged into the Public Site Manager with your AppleID, you will see a list of your iTunes U collections. Each collection will have an Edit: Feed link to the right of the title. When you click that link, you’ll go to the Channel page of the Feed Editor. You can change any metadata here. Make sure you click the Save button at bottom right after making any changes.

screenshot of channel in feed editor

To upload media, click the Items link within the Feed Editor. Then click the Upload New Items plus sign at right. Maximum allowed file size is 1 gigabyte (GB). Audio files must be either AAC or MP3 with appropriate file extensions(.m4a, .mp3). Video files must be MPEG-4 with H.264 compression with appropriate file extensions (.mp4, .m4v, .mov). Click the Add File link and browse for the file you want to upload.

screenshot of items in feed editor

To edit the metadata for an existing file, click on the Title of an item. Don’t forget to Cancel or Save any changes before you Return to Collections Manager (link at top left).

screenshot of the edit item form

History of iTunes U at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville joined Apple’s iTunes U system on April 9, 2011. At that time Apple offered both Public and Private iTunes U sites. Apple discontinued support for Private iTunes U sites on September 1, 2015. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville continues to participate in maintaining Public iTunes U sites.

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