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ITunes U downloads top 1 billion

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple­ Inc. says people have downloaded more than 1 billion items from iTunes U, which features free books, lectures, and other information from schools, libraries, and museums around the world.

Apple said there are now single iTunes U courses with more than 250,000 students enrolled in them. Eddy Cue, senior vice president of Internet software and services, called it a ‘‘phenomenal shift in the way we teach and learn.’’

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