Did Audacity Become Spyware With the Acquisition of Muse Group?

There are few doubts about the fact that Audacity is one of the best known and most appreciated audio editors: the result of an open source project started in the now distant 2000, it has always been made available as a free download, offering ease of use taken to the extreme and a code that reduces the use of hardware resources to a minimum. However, the acquisition made by Muse Group in April has changed the cards and this will make many turn up their noses. Has Audacity Become Spyware? You can learn this by taking a look at the updated Desktop Privacy Notice document in date 2 July 2021. There are those who define the changes in question such as to have made the program a spyware, packaged in such a way as to collect information about users for purposes and with unclear methods.These data collected, according to what was disclosed: name and version of the system operating, country of origin (based on the IP address), type of processor, messages and error codes generated in case of malfunction, report on crashes. To this are added unspecified “data necessary for the police, in the contentions and required by the authorities”.The Audacity interfaceFurthermore, the company prohibits the use of the software to users under the age of 13 (in violation of the GPL license used) and claims to keep what is stored in servers located in Europe, but making use of the right to share it “occasionally” with or its own offices in Russia and the United States. Everyone should consider whether to continue using it or whether to turn to other programs: considering the open source nature, the forks will not be long in coming. OceanAudio, Wavosaur, Audiodope.Muse Group now controls some well-known software in the field of audio content creation and editing: in its catalog, in addition to Audacity, there are also Ultimate Guitar, StaffPad, MuseScore, MuseClasse and Tonebridge.

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