Free videos of Stanford University’s course on creating applications for the iPhone and iPod touch have now been downloaded one-million times from Stanford’s site on iTunes U in the iTunes Store.
All the one-million downloads have come in just seven weeks, since the course began on April 1.
The way the downloads have taken off makes the iPhone Application Programming videos the fastest to reach the one-million milestone in the history of iTunes U, which hosts offerings from hundreds of colleges and universities around the world.
‘This is the fastest any course on iTunes U has reached one-million downloads,’ said Jason Ediger, Apple’s director of iTunes U and mobile learning.
The App Store offers more than 35,000 different applications, each of which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store on the iPhone and iPod touch or at http://www.itunes.com/appstore.
For students and other budding entrepreneurs, the App Store offers a business opportunity for the little guy, said Troy Brant, the Stanford teaching assistant for iPhone Application Programming.
‘They get immediate access to millions of people,’ he said.
‘Feedback from a variety of users arrives almost immediately, creating a test bed that did not exist previously.’
Apple engineers teach the live version of the course to Stanford students in a small auditorium at Stanford.
The rest of the world can take the course online for free by downloading videos of all the class lectures and the slides used by the instructors.
The videos and slides are available at http://itunes.stanford.edu.