Apple has just announced that iTunes U content has been downloaded over 1 billion times.

iTunes U allows users, mainly schools and colleges to manage, distribute, and control access to educational audio and video content and PDF files.

Here’s an excerpt from Apple’s press release:

“It’s inspiring to see what educators and students of all types are doing with iTunes U,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “With the incredible content offered on iTunes U, students can learn like never before there are now iTunes U courses with more than 250,000 students enrolled in them, which is a phenomenal shift in the way we teach and learn.”

The press release also notes that the service is being used by over 1200 universities and schools, and 1,200 K-12 schools and districts to offer thousands of public and private courses in arts, sciences, health and medicine, education, business and more.

Via: Apple