Over the years, Audacity has developed a large and loyal user base, befitting a successful open source program – which some might define as “the default” for quite a few audio and podcast editors. But as the software has changed in recent months, it hasn’t stopped annoying users – and this time they are no longer protesting and moving on.
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About two months ago, Odcity problems with users started. This happened after it was acquired by a group called the Muse Group, which promised to keep Odyssey open source, and that the whole purpose of the acquisition was to make it easier to use and add features to it.
The problem started when, a few days after the acquisition of Odcity, requests for analytics collection began to appear on users – something that wasn’t there before the popular software took hold. Audacity has made it clear that the analytics that will be collected are completely anonymous. The same analyzes include the beginning and end of application use, errors that users encounter during use, the types of files users edit and the operating systems that Audcity wants.
Users did not like, to say the least, the changes the new owners made to the very popular software – although in practice it is turned off by default, and analytics is collected on users only if they choose to do so (option -in). Oddsity has tried to put out the fires, confirming that the option is only in versions downloadable through GitHub – which means other versions (forks) of the program don’t have code to collect this information in what appears to be a wink for users trying to appease them.
But then came the new update
But the “continuation” doesn’t stop there, because Odcity’s parent company has decided to collect more information about users of the program – so they can provide it to law enforcement if necessary. Odcity’s new policy says it can collect “information necessary for law enforcement, legal process and authorities” on users – if they request it.
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