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Frequently Asked Questions

What are podcasts?
The term “podcast” is a contraction of the two terms “iPod” and “broadcast.” “Podcasting” means producing and offering audio and video files over the internet. A single podcast is a series of media items to which users can subscribe. These items are distributed over the internet through news feeds to portable media players or personal computers.

How do I use the content on iTunes U?
To be able to download LMU’s content from iTunes U, you first need to have the current version of iTunes software installed on your computer. iTunes runs under Macintosh and Windows operating systems. iTunes makes it easier to play, organize, and download digital content. In the iTunes store, you can download the LMU podcasts, adding them to your personal iTunes library. You can also create personal playlists, which you can load directly onto your computer or any portable audio or video device.
Apple offers iTunes for Macintosh and Windows operating systems as a free download.

Do I need Apple products and an Apple ID to download content?
No. All users can download content offered on iTunes U via the free iTunes application without registration. The iTunes software is compatible with both Macintosh and Windows operating systems.

Does iTunes U deploy DRM to restrict data use?
No, iTunes U expressly excludes the use of digital rights management (DRM) software for content providers.

Where is the content from “LMU on iTunes U” stored?
The digital content which LMU distributes via iTunes U is stored solely on the university’s own servers. All transferred data is routed through so-called “proxies,” a standard internet practice which is also used in every data transfer over an http connection. In this way, web traffic is efficiently load balanced and the data volume which must be transmitted over LMU’s lines is minimized. Furthermore, this method serves to keep energy consumption to a minimum. iTunes U uses the proxy server Akamai.

Is copyright transferred to Apple when content is placed on iTunes U?
No. Content remains the sole property of its creator, as with every other website. Similarly, copyrighted material should not be posted unless permission has been granted by the copyright holder.

Which software should I use to record lectures?
All academics have access to the video management system LMUcast, which LMU’s Virtual University has developed:  User-friendly, LMUcast makes it very easy to record lectures and presentations, upload them to a central server, edit them by means of a web browser, and subsequently make them available on the internet —  as streaming videos as well as in the form of downloads. The video management system generates media files which in addition to video footage can incorporate lecture foils and chapter points. The following file formats are available: mpeg4, h.264, and flash.

What type of support is available for recording lectures?
In cooperation with the educational TV channel afk tv, the Virtual University LMU offers regular training courses in camera work and film editing for academics and their student assistants. In addition, the Virtual University arranges for professional camera crews to record lectures and presentations.

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