In contrast, Apple notes that i Tunes U public courses (it’s unclear how to tell the difference) now appear only in the i Tunes U app in i OS.
Watch That Tone -- Another casualty in Apple’s war on i Tunes feature bloat is ringtones.
One Small Step for Internet Radio -- Internet radio — real-world radio stations streaming over the Internet, not to be confused with Apple Music Radio — has been around for a long time.
Apple says that i Tunes U collections move into the Podcasts category in both i Tunes and the i Tunes Store; they’re also available in the i OS Podcasts app.
Educators who use i Tunes U collections may find this change confusing, but as long as they provide the appropriate links to their students and follow Apple’s instructions, it shouldn’t be a problem.
It’s not like in the early days of the i Phone when i Tunes was necessary for activation and updating i OS.
Even so, this change is problematic for users who rely on their apps being available locally.
As such, it was low hanging fruit in Apple’s quest to streamline i Tunes, and it’s no longer available there.
However, there are actually two types of i Tunes U content: collections and public courses, and they’ve moved to different places.
Let’s look at those first, and then double back to apps.
A New Building for i Tunes U -- Apple launched i Tunes U in 2012 as part of a broader strategy for providing tools for the education market (see “Apple Goes Back to School with i Books 2, i Books Author, and i Tunes U,” 19 January 2012).
Although it’s not a major number update, it’s notable for losing more features than it gains.