iTunes U FAQs


iTunes U - Professional Development Center
Daniel A. Reed Library
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063

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Below are some basic questions on podcasting, vodcasting, and iTunes U.
Do I need a Mac? Do I need an iPod?
What is a Podcast? What is RSS?
What is the difference between an
audio podcast file,and enhanced podcast
file and a video podcast (vodcast) file?
Do I have to request a course each
semester, even if it's the same course?
What kind of training is
available to students?
Is there podcast production equipment
available for loan?
Can I borrow an iPod?

 

Do I need a Mac?

No, you do not have to use a Mac to access SUNY Fredonia iTunes U or to produce podcasts. The iTunes application is the same on the Mac and Windows. The iTunes application is a free download available at http://www.apple.com/itunes/download.

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Do I need an iPod?

No, you do not need an iPod to access SUNY Fredonia iTunes U or to produce podcasts. Podcasts can be downloaded and played back in the iTunes application on your computer. iTunes is a free download available at http://www.apple.com/itunes/download. Podcasts can be produced using a variety of applications and equipment (both Mac and PC).

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What is a Podcast? What is RSS?

Podcasting is the passive distribution of multimedia content through a subscription to an RSS feed. Think of it as subscribing to the newspaper. Instead of going to the grocery store to pick up the newspaper every day, the paper boy now delivers it to your doorstep. But with most podcasts, subscribing is free! RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It is through the RSS that makes the distribution of the multimedia content possible. Once you subscribe to a podcast through your iTunes application, it will check the RSS for updates and download those updates automatically into your iTunes Library.

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What is the difference between an audio podcast file, and enhanced podcast file and a video podcast (vodcast) file?

  • An audio podcast file is strictly audio, sound without images or video, and has the .mp3 or .m4a file type extension.
  • An enhanced podcast contains audio and still images, and may contain hyperlinks. It is a nonlinear narrated slideshow where the user can navigate throughout the audio using the images as chapter marks. Enhanced podcasts have the .m4a file extension
  • A video podcast file (vodcast file) is full motion video, audio, and/or still images.

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Do I have to request a course each semester, even if it's the same course?

Yes. Because the course has a different CRN from Banner each semester, you will have to send in a request each semester for your course to be in iTunes U. When the request is completed you will see the iTunes U nugget on your course homepage.

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What kind of training is available to students?

Instructors can request class presentations by the Professional Development Center on how students can access and use iTunes U. Requests should be made before the start of the semester or as early in the semester as possible.

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Is there podcast production equipment available for loan?

Yes. You can borrow USB microphones, Flip Cams, and a digital video camera from the Professional Development Center. You must supply your own miniDV tape for the digital video cameras, which can be found in most office supply stores. This equipment is for instructor use only, and will not be lent out to students. The loan period for this equipment will be limited to one week.

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Can I borrow an iPod?

Reed Library has an iPod checkout program. These iPods are preloaded with audiobooks, but can also be synced with iTunes U content. More information about this program can be found at http://www.fredonia.edu/library/ipod.asp.


The material contained in this document originated from SUNY Cortland and Tera Doty-Blance


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