iTunes Private Site Discontinued

Important Service Announcement: Apple to discontinue iTunes U Private Sites on Sept. 1

Dear iTunes U Private Sites users,

On Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2016 Apple Inc. will discontinue its iTunes U Private Sites service. Their public sites service, which is what the majority of NCSU content creators are now using, will continue to be available.

As a result, your content on NC State’s iTunes U Private Sites, http://webapps.ncsu.edu/iTunesU, will no longer be available, effective Sept. 1. The Office of Information Technology (OIT) will NOT back up this content. Here’s what you should do now:

  • Download your content to an alternate location of your choice.
  • Verify if you have a Public Site Manager account.
  • It is possible that you may have already moved your content to the iTunes U Public Site Manager. To verify, go to iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/institution/north-carolina-state-university/id380413050.
  • Move, if you want, your content to iTunes U Public Site Manager if it hasn’t been moved already. We can assist with doing that. All content stored in the Public Site Manager cannot be restricted and is available to the public.

Content creators or facilitators can migrate their content or request a channel for the Public Site Manager. To do so:

  • Send an email to help@ncsu.edu.
  • Put iTunes Feed Request in the subject line.
  • Include the following in the body of the email:
    Title of the channel
    Apple IDs that will be associated with the account
  • To create an Apple ID, see My Apple ID: https://appleid.apple.com.

Additional resources

Accessing and archiving content from iTunes U private sites

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204935
iTunes U services, including distributing content in public and private iTunes U courses http://www.apple.com/education/itunes-u/

The original email from Apple is included below.

Regards,
iTunes U @ NC State Administration

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iTunes U
Dear iTunes U Administrator,

Since its introduction, iTunes U has been the education destination within iTunes with an ever-growing collection of the best educational content from around the world. Institutions have contributed over 1 million lectures, videos, books and more, and published over 10,000 courses to the iTunes U public catalog.

As institutions have focused more on contributing content to the public catalog and building public and private courses with the iTunes U app on iPad or using Course Manager, fewer and fewer institutions are using the original iTunes U private sites for distributing their content internally. As a result, Apple will be discontinuing legacy iTunes U private sites on September 1, 2015.

iTunes U public sites, iTunes U Public Site Manager, iTunes U Course Manager, and public and private course creation through the iTunes U app for iOS will continue to be supported. iTunes U 3.0 was just released last week, bringing homework hand-in, integrated grade book, PDF annotation, and one-to-one discussions to the iTunes U app for private courses.

If you wish to retain an archive of the content on your iTunes U private site, you can download all content before September 1, 2015. After that date iTunes U private sites and any content hosted on Apple’s servers associated with private sites will be deleted. Please read Accessing and Archiving Content from iTunes U Private Sites for more information.

For information about iTunes U services, including distributing content in public and private iTunes U courses, please visit http://www.apple.com/education/itunes-u/.

Regards,
The iTunes U Team

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Open Letter to iTunesU Content Creators

This has been a long time in coming, but we have moved everyone’s public content over to the new iTunesU site manager. It is radically different in how it is managed. There are help materials available at

http://itunes.ncsu.edu

We will be making this the replacement for the old iTunes.ncsu.edu site very soon.

If you are not already a collection manager for the new iTunesU site manager, contact me and I will add you. A collection manger can manage feeds, add content etc that they are affiliated with. They have more flexibility that the old management structure…..but there is a trade-off, as there are no longer second tier administrators any more. The more I work with the new site manager the more I am convinced that this may not be the problem that I initially thought it would be – if you are currently an administrator for your college, you would now become a collection manger and be added to any feeds that are through your college or organization – you can have more than one contributor to a feed.

The “old” iTunes site will continue to be available for submission and delivery of private content. Any content published through the old site will continue to be safe, but will also be by default only available to those that can use NCSU authentication. We will continue to offer granularity down to the course level as well for managing content. However, this content will by it’s nature not be seen at all through Apple’s iTunes site – only content we publish through the new site manager will be be searchable through iTunes, Google etc.

We have two more people now that can handle iTunes housekeeping duties – so response times through  help@ncsu.edu will be much better.

I will be offering a lunch and learn on the new public site manager this fall, but am also thinking of offering a workshop as well for content creators/managers. If you think this would be useful, drop me a line.

Thanks for supporting iTunesU@NCSU with your content and other contributions

iTunes U Moves to a new site

Last fall, Apple announced a new management interface for iTunesU. With it, comes some very big changes to how it is managed. Here is the brief rundown:

Our current authentication environment, which allowed us to use our Unity userids (the one you use to log into your NCSU email) for logging into iTunesU, no longer works with the new environment. Instead, authentication relies on the use of Apple ID’s. As of now, there does not appear to be any way to adapt their authentication to our ID’s, so content creators will be required to create a Apple ID. It is recommended that this ID be separate from the ID you use for making personal iTunes store purchases.

The new site manager is a totally new way of organizing content, but it offers flexibility that we didn’t have before. In a nutshell, there are broad categories for content based on academic discipline, and keywords that help in discovering and sorting content. Both of these methods combine allow for flexible representation of content.

There are two classes of users now for content; top level Administrators, and Contributors. Contributors combine some aspects of midlevel administrators and top level administrators. Contributors can create a feed themselves; they no longer need to have this created for them. However, only administrators can create new contributor accounts. In addition, there is no limit on the number of contributors that can be logged in at a same time, but only one top level administrator can be logged in. Therefore, we will be no longer giving out administrative accounts. One way to emulate the old model, for those that were departmental iTunesU administrators, is to add themselves as a contributor to all feeds in their academic college or program. This way – they can create feeds for users, and help manage them.

One final aspect of the new site manager; it is only for publicly available content. There is no way to lock content down. However, it is not nearly as bad as it seems, for our old iTunesU site will continue to live, and will work the same way it always had, including it’s use of our authentication system. So, we will now have two iTunesU sites; one public, and one private. This is how other universities have been handling this demand for quite a while now, such as Duke.