After years of hacking Tivos to add bigger hard drives, consumers have an official option to get more recording time. Western Digital has released their “My DVR Expander” hard drive for $200. It adds 500gigs to your Series3 Tivo, which equates to about 65 hours of HD and 600 hours of standard definition recording.
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I installed Tivo’s Desktop software on my iMac a few nights ago. It lets you stream music from iTunes to the Tivo, but the interface lacks polish and features.
Tonight I ran across Audiofaucet, a third party program to stream/control music from iTunes or a folder from both Windows and OS X machines. The program has gotten a lot of recognition from the Tivo programming community, and is currently in public beta. I downloading the app and had it running on my Powerbook and iMac in seconds. The interface on the Tivo side of things is very slick, with the polished look of a modern application. Audiofaucet also lets you play audio from your Tivo, or play audio from the source computer. If you have your computer setup to a massive system already, the Tivo can serve as a controller for the computer… pretty slick.
If you’ve got a Series 2 Tivo setup on your network, I highly recommend you check out Audiofaucet at digitaldroplet.net. I’m looking forward to progress from this app, and will gladly pay for it when it gets out of beta.
Tivo TWiT Podcast
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New Tivos are always fun! Now I’m waiting to get the newest software update so I can use the Linksys 10/100 Ethernet USB adapter I bought. Right now I’m on wireless… a neighbor’s open wireless. It doesn’t look like the Tivo supports TKIP shared key wireless security, which is what I use. Until I get the Ethernet adapter working the Tivo won’t be on my own network, and that means I won’t be streaming any music or pictures till then.