For the first time in almost a year, Apple has updated its iTunes U app.

Version 1.3.1 of the app allows users to check for course updates with the familiar pull-to-refresh gesture on the notepad.

The new version resolves an issue that may have prevented courses from updating. It also squashes a bug that forced the app to unexpectedly quit when opening the catalog repeatedly.

Finally, it improves support for Arabic, French, German, Greek, Italian, Russian, and Spanish.

A universal app designed for both the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad/iPad mini, iTunes U is a free download available in the App Store now.

Back in late February, Apple announced that more than 1 billion pieces of content have been downloaded from iTunes U. Educators from more than 30 countries can create courses for the app. Users in more than 155 countries can access the content.

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