The U on iTunes U - Software

Macintosh Audio Software

Audacity (back to top)
http://audacity.sourceforge.net for more information.

Audacity is a free audio editor. You can record sounds, play sounds, import and export WAV, AIFF, and MP3 files, and more. Use it to edit your sounds using Cut, Copy and Paste (with unlimited Undo), mix tracks together, or apply effects to your recordings. It also has a built-in amplitude envelope editor, a customizable spectrogram mode and a frequency analysis window for audio analysis applications. Built-in effects include Bass Boost, Wahwah, and Noise Removal, and it also supports VST plug-in effects.

Audacity would be the easiest application to use to create just an audio podcasts for iTunes U or to create your own audio. It also works on Macs, Windows, and Linux machines.

GarageBand 8.5 (back to top)
http://www.apple.com/garageband for more information.

GarageBand is the easiest program to learn how to do general podcasting on. You can record your own audio, edit your own audio, and put together a podcast with drag and drop capability.

GarageBand can be used for videocasts, enhanced podcasts to make your media presentations for iTunes U.

iTunes (back to top)
http://www.apple.com/itunes for more information.

iTunes is the Apple media player. It plays all podcasts, videocasts, and enhanced podcasts. You use iTunes to access iTunes U through the iTunes Music Store. You can also purchase music, movies, TV shows and many other things in the iTunes Music Store.

Logic Express (back to top)
http://www.apple.com/logicexpress for more information.

Create your own music using an advanced spectrum of features and tools for computer based music production. Logic Express provides a step up from GarageBand for aspiring musicians, producers and composers without breaking the bank. With the same flexible layout as Logic Pro, you can dive deeper into the creation and manipulation of audio and MIDI.

  1. Control critical mixing functions, software instruments, effects, and routing for any track.
  2. Create and arrange music with software instruments, Apple Loops, and live recordings of instruments and vocals.
  3. Automate mixing and effect parameters with the same
    powerful tools the pros use.
  4. Import QuickTime movies and create music for video.
Logic Express is more for an advanced user of audio mixing to make a podcast for iTunes U.

Logic Pro (back to top)
http://www.apple.com/logicpro for more information.

The industry-leading application for music creation and audio production dramatically broadens the capabilities of computer-based studio environments with Logic Pro 7. The first choice of many prominent musicians and producers, Logic Pro 7 provides the most comprehensive collection of music creation tools.

  1. Access to all effects and instruments.
  2. Recallable track effect and instrument configurations.
  3. Per-track assignment of distributed audio processing.
  4. Advanced QuickTime support with output of DV or DVCPRO over FireWire.
  5. Breakpoint editing of all automated parameters.
  6. Global tracks for editing, tempo, signatures, markers, video and more.
  7. Shuffle and Auto-Crossfade Arrange Edit modes.
  8. Flexible, object-oriented editing of audio and MIDI.
  9. Real-time score transcriptions.
Logic Pro is the most advanced application you could use and also is the most difficult application you can use to make your media for iTunes U.

ProfCast (back to top)
http://www.profcast.com for more information.

ProfCast is a versatile, powerful, yet very simple to use tool for recording presentations including PowerPoint and/or Keynote slides for creating enhanced podcasts. ProfCast offers an integrated workflow that makes creating, recording, and publishing podcasts easy. It's as simple as Launch, Load, and Lecture!

Profcast is an easy program to use to just record any lecture and make an audio podcast.