The university’s website details the need for one of the two to allow students to download material associated with their course.
"Lectures are the worst possible learning format," Associate Dean Brian Brooks, told the Columbia Missourian, the campus newspaper. "There's
been some research done that shows if a student can hear that lecture a second time, they retain three times as much of that lecture."
However, when asked, Brooks admitted to Fox News that just because it says iTouch or iPhone, you don’t have to buy an Apple MP3 player. "You could use a Zune, for example," he said.
So why the Apple love? Brooks explained that the University offers students financial aid as well as financial plans. Realizing that iPods are expensive, Brooks said that by listing them as a requirement, students can receive financial aid to purchase them.
"If it's required, it can be included in your financial-need estimate," he told the Missourian. "If we had not required it, they wouldn't be able to do that."
Brooks also told the Missourian that the requirement "will not be enforced, however, and there will not be a penalty for students who chose not to buy an iPod touch or iPhone."