What do we want? Information.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Efficiency. iTunes U is an efficient means of distributing audio and video. One of the best arguments, in my opinion, for using iTunes U is the built-in organizational hierarchy.
Let's contrast, for a moment, an alternative. If I had access to a streaming server, I would need to FTP (upload using software) the video or audio file to a server. I would then need to ensure that everyone who needed to view it had a compatible media player, was on the right platform and understood the process of viewing and or downloading. Then there is the issue of portability. iTunes U solves each of these idiosyncrasies. iTunes U uses the well vetted iTunes application which is inherently cool. Apple achieves design nirvana with almost every product they spring on the world (almost, we're still trying to figure out the Apple Imagewriter).
iTunes is a cross-platform app. It is intuitive to even the most novice user. In the past, I've designed web sites to deal with media player spawning and on-line video delivery. iTunes takes the place of that with the sturdy construction and functionality of a full blown application.
In my opinion, iTunes was developed primarily to support the iPod. Apple is, after all, a business. They are in the business of selling iPods in their various manifestations. iTunes works flawlessly with the iPod, iTouch, iPhone and iPad.
iTunes U spawns inside of iTunes and therefore has a built-in module for uploading video, audio, PDFs and now .epubs with the click of a few buttons. Moreover, we can rename and delete files and easily organize the structure of how the media is presented. No FTP program necessary and no knowledge of html or web design needed. Efficient.
iTunes U is Ithaca College's repository for video and audio and currently closed to the IC community. Interested? Contact Mark Hine or Marilyn Dispensa. We are here to help.
*Please note that this post was migrated from a blog previously host at itunes.ithaca.edu*
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