As we approach the end of the first semester of iTunes U use here at Penn State I have all sorts of thoughts about the service, how to make it better, what we really like, and so on ... I only have a minute this morning, so I thought I'd share one quick thought. How about allowing users of iTunes to create a new type of smart menu item in the left hand "source" menu? What I want is the ability to create a link into our iTunes U space without going through a web browser first. Much of our content is public content and does not require a login, so a one click access to the space would be killer.
I hate to say it, but the environment just doesn't feel right with the browser only based access. Doing the browser thing is slow and is a real drag ... giving us this capability could save me a ton of time when going in. If that were possible, I could create shortcuts to the podcasts I show off all the time here on campus. It would also allow me to title it Penn State instead of iTunes Store ... you have no idea how many bad looks I get when people see how connected the iTunes Store is to iTunes U ... allowing us to create and name a custom link into the space would help me in a lot of ways. That's it ... quick.