Stanford on iTunes U | Frequently Asked Questions

Will I have to pay to access Stanford on iTunes U?

No. All of the content from Stanford on iTunes U is free.

How do I access Stanford on iTunes U?

First, make sure you have the most current version of iTunes installed on your Mac or PC computer. To download the application, visit to 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 “Stanford” on the resulting page. Alternatively, you can go directly to our iTunes U page via the "Open Stanford on iTunes U" link at

Is Stanford's content part of the iTunes Music Store?

Yes! You may now search for and access Stanford content directly in the iTunes Store. Look for Stanford in the “iTunes U” section.

Is the Stanford on iTunes content under copyright protection?

While we do not implement any digital rights management (DRM) for our content, Stanford University does retain copyright to all content in our iTunes U collection.

Where did the idea for Stanford on iTunes U come from?

Stanford on iTunes U grew out of a pilot project with Apple, beginning in the spring of 2004, to deliver supplemental course content to registered students using iTunes. We soon realized that the same platform would be a great way to provide access to an archive of Stanford content to alumni and the public as well. Stanford launched the first publicly available iTunes U collection in 2005.