Introduced in 2007, colleges and universities worldwide have created private iTunes U accounts where students can access educational video, audio, and PDF files. The website has more than 350,000 downloadable items, according to Apple.

Some in the technology world have been anticipating a January announcement from Apple since early December.

Clayton Morris, a renowned blogger on technology-related issues, said in December that the New York announcement “has been in the making for years” and will involve iTunes U.

Morris said Jobs was “intimately involved with this project before his passing.” He added that the announcement will be “small in size but large in scope.”


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