Confirmed: $29 Snow Leopard Installs Whether or Not You’ve Got Leopard

August 27, 2009

Snow LeopardEven though Apple suggests Mac users without Leopard buy the $169 Mac box set to get Snow Leopard, anyone can purchase the $29 Snow Leopard disc and install it. This means the Snow Leopard DVD isn't an "upgrade" at all, it's the full-on Mac OS X operating system for 30 bucks, $100 cheaper than Leopard was. I suspected this was the case, since it is with the developer build I'm running, but The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg confirms it's true for the final release as well:

For owners of Intel-based Macs who are still using the older Tiger version of the Mac OS, Apple is officially making Snow Leopard available only in a “boxed set” that includes other software and costs $169. The reasoning is that these folks never paid the $129 back in 2007 to upgrade to Leopard. But here’s a tip: Apple concedes that the $29 Snow Leopard upgrade will work properly on these Tiger-equipped Macs, so you can save the extra $140.

So if you're jumping from Tiger to Snow Leopard, you saved $129 bucks never purchasing Leopard and you can save $140 skipping the box set. Guess being a late adopter does pay off.

Hey Gina, are you a Mac user?

Aug 27 09 at 11:05 am

Oh good. I must say that I was not relishing the idea of doing a clean install of Leopard in order to get a clean system before I install Snow Leopard.

ZLoether [+17]
Aug 27 09 at 11:10 am

that’s not necessarily correct. Nowhere in his article does Walt Mossberg state that you can do a clean install. He states that you can upgrade from Tiger, but not that you can do a clean install.

I guess, we’ll know by tomorrow.

Aug 27 09 at 11:12 am

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