The What, Why, and How
The sudden change in the terms which brought down the wrath of users is due to the fact that Audacity has new people at the steering wheel. The company was acquired by Muse Group back in May. And clearly, the new terms are evidently the first wrong step from the new owners. Confidence and audacity are good. However, once it exceeds the limit, fault lines begin to appear. And from what’s evident, it might take a while for the company to straighten the creases and get the stain off their face.
But if you are still reminiscing over the past Audacity days, feeling that it is hard to let go, then worry not. There is apparently a way out of the maze. All you have to do to keep using the app without putting your privacy at risk is not update or reinstall the 2.4 version. Sometimes doing nothing helps to prevent the loss of everything. Let’s not get lost in the philosophical path for now.
Reactions On Twitter
If the company was trying to pull off an inconspicuous and smooth update, the opposite has been achieved. Ever since the faulty terms came to the attention of netizens, Twitter has been filled with a single name. The disappointment and anger are visible and it is quite justifiable. Here are a few reactions and responses from Twitter.
People are already a step ahead, thinking about better alternatives.
If you need a quick replacement for audacity you can try the open source Dark Audacity https://t.co/H7yfnlDQ3W
— Pat Stares At (@PatStaresAt) July 4, 2021
!!! IF YOU HAVE AUDACITY, DO NOT UPDATE IT OR DOWNLOAD AN OLD VERSION OUTSIDE OF OFFICIAL SOURCES !!!! https://t.co/mwuBnbUX1m
— Fishorse • Big Baldsuya (@GentleFishorse) July 4, 2021
(For real this is very bad, hopefully there’s a good also free alternative out there)https://t.co/LMYiX5fBtw
— Megan Carnes 🎶 (@megancomposer) July 4, 2021
You cannot get away with everything after all.
Very VERY upset to hear about Audacity’s new update which apparently is pretty much Spyware? Because I literally use it for everything and I DEFENDED YOU!!!!!! AGAINST ALL OTHER VO RELATED SLANDER!!!! Now you wanna listen to my sessions and collect my data bro?? All my NDA data?? pic.twitter.com/fwHQc0Fy6A
— Zeno Robinson of The Black Triad ♠️ (@childishgamzeno) July 4, 2021
Audacity's new owners turned it into spyware and stores IPs which means the data is identifiable: https://t.co/vkaXRKTxgZ
— 🔞Enyo Rev || Femby Cybercat 🔞 (@EnyoRev) July 4, 2021
A heads-up for people who use Audacity: they are harvesting significantly more data now than they used to, having way WAY more invasive terms of service than before, restricting people from using it if they're 13, & also suggesting they may sell your data to govt/Pol agencies. https://t.co/516VUqiZZq
— Jan Aponte (@denten02) July 4, 2021
"the audacity of these bitches"
— AB, Blue Trash Cat (@bluetrashcat) July 4, 2021
I created a fork that removed all those features, and we're currently working on a rebrand, github orga, and automated builds via GitHub actions:https://t.co/6hOI5oHVGF
— Cookie Engineer (@cookiengineer) July 5, 2021