Get Your Money's Worth Out of ITunes: Music and Education

Nowadays almost anything imaginable, in the sphere of music and education, can be downloaded straight off of Apple's iTunes. Sync your Spotify music player to iTunes, listen to lectures from top school's in the country, and much more. Schools offering Ethnomusicology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.



You can improve your iTunes experience using only your existing library and some tools that are freely available online. With a few tweaks, you can double your music collection and get a free college education.

Known as iTunes utilities or plug-ins, these software products can help you get free music, find out when and where your favorite artists are playing, and share music from your iPod or iPhone with friends.


This popular music streaming service gives you access to millions of songs via your smart phone, desktop computer or tablet for free. What's better, it syncs up with iTunes, allowing you to access your favorite songs, albums and playlists while checking out new music. Free users have to sit through intermittent advertisements, though subscriptions without commercials are available for $10 per month.


Do you want to share your music library with a friend or vice versa? Senuti allows you to transfer music and videos from iPods and iPhones to an iTunes library. A 30-day trial version is available free of charge that allows you to transfer 1,000 songs.


When most people think of iTunes, they automatically think of music. But iTunes has become much more than that - it's also home to a top-notch collection of free educational media.

iTunes U

Yale, Stanford, MIT, Harvard, Carnegie Mellon and other big name universities make courses, lectures, videos, audio books and other educational materials freely available through the iTunes store. And they're not alone. Museums, public television stations, the New York Public Library and other institutions have also hopped on the bandwagon.

The result is iTunes U, the poster child of the mobile learning environment. With an incredibly diverse assortment of free videos, books and lectures, students can download iTunes U on desktop computers, iPads and iPhones.

Notable Features

iTunes U includes a handy note-taking tool, allowing you to note important sections of lectures or readings with the touch of a screen or the push of a button. You can also share course materials with friends - iTunes U conveniently syncs with popular social media outlets, like Facebook. In addition, you can follow iTunes U on Twitter (@iTunesU) to learn about interesting course options and the most current academic offerings.

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