A couple of days before my latest Audacity workshop, the world’s most popular audio editor - or, more accurately, its new owner Muse Group
- was plunged into a data privacy crisis. We postponed the workshop. But what, asked participants, could we use instead?
In any case, came the cry, Audacity never collected any data before. Why now?
Maybe. Audacity has been nurtured by volunteers for over 20 years and downloaded over 100 million times. Its heartbeat is community and it runs on trust. Although I think the term ‘spyware’ went way too far, Muse has dented the confidence of many loyal Audacity supporters.
So while there seems no reason (apart from principle) to ditch Audacity right now, it’s a good time to explore the free alternatives.