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TiVo Desktop makes music and photos you publish to your DVR available on your home network. Please note: Does not support AAC audio files (including music purchased at the iTunes Music Store).

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Version 1.95a: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.


OS X 10.6 or later

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Lovetv58 Member IconComment+0

I installed Tivo Desktop 1.95a,

When I go to Music,Photos,and Showcases....My Music and my photos does not appear?

I've call Tivo 3 times...seems they only have 1 Mac computer and no one seems to know what to do.

I could use some help here.

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Version 1.95a
Schmye-Bubbula Member IconComment+16

According to the "More Information" webpage, v1.9.5a is for "Snow Leopard or higher."

A more general complaint, I don't know who designates the "Requirements" - MacUpdate.com or the publisher - but it's gotten to be utterly unreliable: I always have to go to the publisher's website to see what the minimum OS requirement actually is, because the MacUpdate page gets it wrong so often. MacUpdate needs to address this problem.

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Version 1.95a
Veryvito Member IconComment+75

No luck installing here. Been stuck on "Preparing TiVo Desktop" for the past hour. Time to Force-Quit.

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Version 1.95
Tankknight Member IconComment+46

It installed fine, but then told me that I cannot use the prefpane as it does not work on PPC (I have a G5).

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Version 1.9.5

Same here--the installer is Universal, but the PreferencePane isn't. Even worse, trying to install the previous version generates "A newer version is installed" error. Deleting the appropriate Receipts file, now I get a "pre-install script run error." So, I now have no working TiVo Desktop.

lylehm Member IconComment+31

Package installer won't install on 10.6.1 Snow Leopard. Extracted Prefpane is 32-bit and won't load in Sys Prefs after Sys Pref restart in 32-bit mode.

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Version 1.9.4(055)

1.9.5 (now available) should fix your issues.


Thanks Misha! 1.9.5 did indeed work fine in SL. I could complain about the prefpane needing to restart in 32-bit mode, but 2 seconds isn't really much to wait.

1.9.5a also installed with no issues. I'm curious to know what changed (other than the copyright date). Still a 32-bit prefPane.

Thank you Tivo for maintaining support for the ever growing Mac community.

TitaniumGod Member IconComment+0

I'm having the same problem. Mac OS 10.5.2 isn't working with Tivo Desktop 1.9.3. It's difficult to get the Tivo to recognize the server and if I'm lucky enough to get it to find it - it's super super slow - not usable.

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Version 1.9.3
Brian-Kendig Member IconComment+39

TiVo Desktop 1.9.3 works with Mac OS 10.5, but Mac OS 10.5.1 apparently breaks it. Since I upgraded two of my Macs to 10.5.1, my TiVo says "A problem occurred while accessing the server" whenever I try to access music or photos from either of them. Or sometimes it works extremely slowly, taking several minutes to display the next page of an album list, for example.

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Version 1.9.3
Abates25 Member IconReview-3

I should preface this by saying that I agree with others, this is waaaaayyy late in arriving. And no, it isn't TiVoToGo. But, it is a step in the right direction, if they finally have focused on updating this to work with 10.4, it shows that development is back for the Mac.

As for this update, it works well, does what I was able to do before I upgraded months and months ago to 10.4. I missed this functionality as I often would show my iPhotos through TiVo when showing them to friends, and used to stream my iTunes using my TiVo all the time. Now I have a MacMini and an LCD TV, so I really don't need either of these features anymore, but they do work, and I am glad to finally seem some development for the Mac from the TiVo-team. TiVoToGo really, really soon - please?!

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Version 1.9.2
chiefted Member IconReview+105

As said before a year late and a dollar short.

This "update" from the folks at Tivo only address "sharing" music and photos from your Mac to your Tivo Box.

It does nothing to address TivoToGo.

But but Tivo swears its on its way.

Pretty much given up on Tivo delivering that and have gone with Galleon, though getting the files through Galleon to burn on to a cd or to put on my iPod involves a couple of extra steps, at least its something.

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Version 1.9.2
Anonymous Member IconReview

Where is Tivo To Go!!! for Apple? This delay in it's release is unacceptable

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Version 1.9.1
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Date 14 Dec 2009
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