• Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard DVD Available Again Online for $19.99


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    Published on 11-21-2012 12:27 PM by
    In a surprise move, Apple has made Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard available again on Apple.com. They had removed the product entirely from the online store sometime earlier this year. With its return, Apple has dropped the price to $19.99, down from the original price in 2009 of $29.99. To perform a fresh retail installation of Mac OS X without having access to a Mac check out iBoot + MultiBeast and the Simplest OS X Installation Guide.


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    Alternate Method: Purchase 10.6 Snow Leopard DVD by Phone
    Comments 39 Comments
    1. sonicseamus's Avatar
      sonicseamus -
      Great! No more dicey ebay transactions!
    1. Robo2k's Avatar
      Robo2k -
      Snow Leopard = Apple's Windows XP
    1. johnm's Avatar
      johnm -
      Good news.

      Just a quick FYI,

      These are Version 10.6.8
      (EDIT: Correction.. After Physically verifying the disks I received, it is indeed 10.6.3. The "Genius" on the phone misinformed me.. see follow-up post)
      It was still available from Apple if you called Apple and placed a phone order.
      I Ordered 2 back on Sept 29th for the $19.99 price with free shipping plus tax.

      The woman that took my order said it was still a hot seller and wishes they didn't take it off the webpage or out of the stores.
      She had stated that many people with older macs cant find their install media that came with their systems.
    1. macnb's Avatar
      macnb -
      Strange for them to be selling those discs -- they must have a warehouse full

      I also noticed the Q & A on that web page where a guy asks if he can use the disc to install it on his Compaq Laptop. It's an old question but the answer is clear:
      "No, the Apple OS X software is licensed to run only on Apple hardware, and will not run on other manufacturer's hardware (and even if you managed to get it to run, you'd be violating the user license)."

      Should we all be worried ?
    1. Pakalolo's Avatar
      Pakalolo -
      I just would not tell them.
    1. GJCORNISH's Avatar
      GJCORNISH -
      Thanks for the heads up.
    1. Dajjal's Avatar
      Dajjal -
      @ johnm

      Not that i dont believe you or want to come across as an but Can you Post a Pic of the Disc so it can be confirmed that it's indeed 10.6.8 and Not the last Retail version which was 10.6.3.

      Amazon has it labelled as a 10.6.8 but then it says '' Snow Leopard Version 10.6.3 Upgradeable to 10.6.8 ''
      http://www.amazon.com/Leopard-10-6-8-DVD-ROM-Version-Retail/dp/B008RZMSYG
    1. Rx4Mac's Avatar
      Rx4Mac -
      I have had issues in the past finding rare items on the Apple Store site, so here is the link:

      Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard DVD

      Good to have some spares for future Hack projects... Cheers!
    1. MAD AUDI SCIENTIST's Avatar
      MAD AUDI SCIENTIST -
      The end user should always be given the choice what to do after he or she makes a PURCHASE of any kind of product.
      "User License" ha....
      What if one wanted to buy 10 of them and just smash them to pieces, is he violating the "user license".

      At the end of the day This place is genius! Apple will never go after the individual user and no one here is putting a gun to anyones head forcing them to use free info to save money and enjoy a well priced product. $19.99.

      I say we enjoy this for as long as it lasts because if they switch back to Apple produced CPUs there will be some time before anything like this is available.

      Im going to buy a few copies of SL to have around especially if its 10.6.8!

      Cool little article guys. Good info to know.
    1. plexi's Avatar
      plexi -
      Everyone that puts OSX on a Pee Cee is WAY less likely to be buying Windoze 8.
      They will almost definitely be buying stuff on the app store though!
      Win/Win for Apple.
      Lose/Lose for Microsoft.

      I can't think of any other reason that Apple would effectively re-release SL other than to make it easy for the folks around here.

      Let's face it, SL is not really gonna be running right on any of these new Ivy Bridge macs!
    1. spajos2020's Avatar
      spajos2020 -
      nice move apple.i really love SL.
    1. spajos2020's Avatar
      spajos2020 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Robo2k View Post
      Snow Leopard = Apple's Windows XP
      Apple returns Snow Leopard to Apple Store
      Good news for iOS 6 users who updated and found incompatibility issues with iTunes

      Karen Haslam


      Apple is selling Snow Leopard on its online store again. The software, which many Mac users discovered that they required following their recent upgrade to iOS 6, costs £14.

      Snow Leopard was pulled from Apple’s site after Mountain Lion was launched earlier this year, however, following the launch of iOS 6 in September it emerged that iOS 6 required iTunes 10.6, which required Snow Leopard.

      As we wrote at the time iOS 6 launched, users were finding that having updated their iPhone or iPad to iOS 6 their device was rendered incompatible with the version of iTunes they were running on their Mac, and in some cases it was impossible to upgrade their Mac to a version of iTunes that was compatible because they were running a OS that predated Snow Leopard.

      Purchasing a copy of Snow Leopard is the only option for owners of older Macs that wish to update to the latest version of iTunes, required since the iOS 6 update. Back in September we confirmed that Apple was still selling the software – but only to people who called it directly on its telesales line: 0800 048 0408.

      The return to the Apple Store suggests that Apple has been receiving a significant number of pleas from owners of older Mac models.

      Returning Snow Leopard to the Apple Store also gives users of newer Macs that are still running Leopard (if there are any out there) the opportunity to take advantage of the Mac App Store, without which they will be unable to download any of the newer operating systems from Apple.
    1. axedye's Avatar
      axedye -
      glad to see this. i still have my disc but i know not everyone starts their hack with a real mac ready to get ML.
    1. johnm's Avatar
      johnm -
      @ DAJJAL

      I am glad you asked!!!
      I just opened the box from Apple that has been sitting collecting dust to verify..

      You are correct!
      It is 10.6.3!
      I went by what the "Genius" on the phone told me: "It is version 10.6.8. That it is fully updated to the latest version with the "app store" ready to go.
      You will just need to update iTunes and maybe a few security patches for Safari the first time you connect to the internet".
      (Not much of a Genius...)

      I am installing it now on one of my genuine Macs to confirm, But the package looks to be correct. Copyright 2009

      I am going to edit my earlier post.
      Thanks for catching that

      EDIT: I finished the install. It is 10.6.3. The best part is that it didn't install the network drivers for my 2010 Mac (that shipped with SL). now i get to have fun fixing that.
    1. macnb's Avatar
      macnb -
      Yup ...Apple did not buy a chip company for nothing.
      They are masters of Vertical Integration.
      And, they have no loyalty to any particular architecture...dumped 6502 -> 68000 -> PowerPC -> x86...business is business.

      Make hay while the sun shines
    1. zhankla's Avatar
      zhankla -
      It IS because of the large amount of people that still use Leopard on older Macs, they were having to call in and purchase over the phone.
    1. zhankla's Avatar
      zhankla -
      Quote Originally Posted by MAD AUDI SCIENTIST View Post
      The end user should always be given the choice what to do after he or she makes a PURCHASE of any kind of product.
      "User License" ha....
      What if one wanted to buy 10 of them and just smash them to pieces, is he violating the "user license".

      At the end of the day This place is genius! Apple will never go after the individual user and no one here is putting a gun to anyones head forcing them to use free info to save money and enjoy a well priced product. $19.99.

      I say we enjoy this for as long as it lasts because if they switch back to Apple produced CPUs there will be some time before anything like this is available.

      Im going to buy a few copies of SL to have around especially if its 10.6.8!

      Cool little article guys. Good info to know.
      The disc is still 10.6.3
    1. Intergrated's Avatar
      Intergrated -
      This is great! I was going to do the song and dance routine to order it by phone, but this makes it even easier. I've put my order in.
    1. only1nenif's Avatar
      only1nenif -
      Hopefully they update the drivers so we can use the good new video cards on this one !
    1. Obvious Answer Man's Avatar
      Obvious Answer Man -
      Quote Originally Posted by only1nenif View Post
      Hopefully they update the drivers so we can use the good new video cards on this one !
      Why would they update the drivers for Snow Leopard?

      It's a dead OS and they are only doing this so people can upgrade to Mountain Lion.