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Getting videos out of iTunes U

 

I wanted to get a video out of iTunes U for viewing offline without iTunes or special apps.

The solution I found is to browse the iTunes U app in iOS and share a course by mail (see screenshot below). This sends out a link (like this one) which offers a web preview of the content. Luckily, the source of those preview pages also includes direct links to the media files.

Screenshot of sharing a course from iTunes U:

Screenshot of the email you receive:

mail screenshot

Look at the source code to find the video link:

    preview-album="Partnership for Urban Health Research - Media" 
    preview-artist="Judea Pearl" 
    preview-title="Theoretical Developments in Causal Inference" 
    video-preview-url="https://itunesu.assets.itunes.com/apple-assets-us-std-000001/CobaltPublic6/v4/28/6b/19/286b19a3-2022-2477-ca6d-8e66edbc86c9/efa4eafb3b64ff58b40bf2aea0f12fb3825e5fc48d00e7545215357de42dcd42-3468512126.mov"
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