As announced by Apple, starting in September, when iTunes 12.7 is released, the collection will be migrated from iTunes U to Apple Podcasts. This means that the iTunes U collections will only be available on iOS through the iTunes U application. For those of you who are not familiar with it, iTunes U is a platform launched in 2007 that allows educational content to be offered through the iTunes Store . A kind of academic course that is distributed and managed through the iTunes U app, launched in 2012 for iOS.
Therefore, starting with the next iTunes for MacOS update, all iTunes U content will automatically migrate to Podcasts and the iTunes U section of the iTunes app will be removed in MacOS. That means there’s no longer a way to access iTunes U content on a Mac. The change also means that the iTunes U catalog will only include courses and will only be accessible from an iOS device.
While it is true that the change will be automatic and gradual, it is advisable to monitor it if you are the author of iTunes U . For example, the categories are not the same in iTunes U as in Podcasts, so Apple will automatically assign the most appropriate one, but you may want to change it. On the other hand, content such as ePub is not compatible with Podcasts, so it’s recommended that you convert it to PDF.
This change may seem minor, but perhaps behind it is a total rebranding of iTunes . It may not come this year, but sooner or later iTunes as such will be fragmented and reordered into new apps or sections. Apple Music on the one hand, Apple Podcasts on the other hand, a possible Apple Shows on the other hand and some kind of Apple Manager to manage the iOS devices.