UCCS ITUNES U: Frequently Asked Questions

What are podcasts?
Will I have to pay to access UCCS on iTunes U?
How do I access UCCS on iTunes U?
What if I don't have itunes
Is UCCS's content part of the iTunes Music Store?
Do I have to use iTunes and Apple products to have access?
Where in iTunes is the content I downloaded from UCCS on iTunes U?
Is the UCCS on iTunes content under copyright protection?
Can I use other .mp3 players with iTunes?
Why did UCCS choose to implement AAC encoding?
How do we create our own iTunes U site?
I am an alum interested in contributing content; whom should I contact?
Q. What are Podcasts?
A. Podcasting refers to a push-pull delivery technology (namely RSS feeds) for downloading digital media files. At this time, UCCS on iTunes U does not offer podcast feeds, and our files can only be downloaded directly from the iTunes Store. However, we do plan to introduce RSS feeds in the near future, which will allow users to "subscribe" and automatically download new content from our site via iTunes or another podcast application. <top>
Q. Will I have to pay to access UCCS on iTunes U?
A. No. You may freely preview and download all of the content from UCCS on iTunes U. <top>
Q. How do I access UCCS on iTunes U?
A. First, make sure you have the most current version of iTunes installed on your Mac or PC computer. To download the application, visit to www.apple.com/itunes. Also make sure that you are running the most current update of your system software. Next, launch the iTunes application and click on “iTunes Store” in the source list. Select "iTunes U" in the top left navigation area, and click on “UCCS” on the resulting page. Alternatively, you can go directly to our iTunes U page via the "Open UCCS on iTunes U" link at itunesu.uccs.edu <top>

Q. What if I don't have itunes?
A. You have to download it. <top>
Q. Is UCCS's content part of the iTunes Music Store?
A. Yes! You may now search for and access UCCS content directly in the iTunes Store. Look for UCCS in the “iTunes U” section. <top>
Q. Do I have to use iTunes and Apple products to have access?
A. Currently, you must use the iTunes application to download content. Apple offers a free Windows version of iTunes at http://www.apple.com/itunes. For those who use another operating system such as Linux or wish to avoid iTunes altogether, we plan to offer podcast (RSS) access in the near future.You do not need a Macintosh, iTunes, or an iPod to play the audio files. All you will need is a player capable of playing .mp4 AAC (Advanced Audio Codec) files. (AAC is not exclusively Apple's, although Apple prefers it to alternative file formats.) <top>
Q. Is the UCCS on iTunes content under copyright protection?
A. While we do not implement any digital rights management (DRM) for UCCS on iTunes content, we do use UCCS University copyright releases to protect each piece of content on the site. We are working with the UCCS General Counsel’s Office and Apple’s legal team to develop an integrated solution for copyright protection of UCCS on iTunes digital content. <top>
Q. Where in iTunes is the content I downloaded from UCCS on iTunes U?
A. Currently, users may access UCCS content in the iTunes Store via direct download and progressive download previews. Content downloaded from UCCS on iTunes U appears in a smart playlist called "UCCS" in the playlists section of the iTunes application. <top>
Q. How do we create our own iTunes U site?
A. UCCS on iTunes U is a part of the Apple’s iTunes U initiative. You can learn more about it by visiting the iTunes U website. <top>
Q. Why did UCCS choose to implement AAC encoding?
A. AAC has better sound quality and smaller file sizes than .mp3. You may use either iTunes or Quicktime for Windows to play .mp4 AAC (Advanced Audio Codec) files in addition to a number of other open source and shareware players that can be downloaded from the web. In addition, there are a growing number of portable devices that can play AAC files. <top>
Q. Can I use other .mp3 players with iTunes?
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There is moderate support in iTunes for some third-party .mp3 players, but they will not be able to play .mp4 AAC files (including content purchased from the iTunes Store.) Apple offers a full line of iPod products and accessories which will give you the best digital experience. Otherwise, you may enjoy our content on a computer or a CD, or you may convert the AAC files. To re-encode the AAC (.mp4) files into the .mp3 format, download the content first into your iTunes application. Second, in the iTunes preferences, click on the "Advanced" icon and navigate to the "Importing" tab. Next, select "MP3 Encoder" in the "import using" menu. Finally, highlight the file(s) that you wish to convert, go to the Advanced menu, and click on "Convert Selection to .mp3." <top>

Q. I am an alum interested in contributing content; whom should I contact?
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Please mail a CD/DVD sample of your work to:
UCCS on iTunes U
C/O Information Technology Helpdesk
1420 Austin Bluffs
Colorado Springs, CO 80918 <top>