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Audacity

Audacity is a free, open source, and cross-platform audio and music editor.

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Avg rating of 3.2 (54)| 55 comments

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Audacity 2.2.0 in default Light theme running on Windows 10
Recording with Audacity 2.2.0 in Dark theme on Windows 10
Audacity 2.2.0 MIDI playback running on macOS
Audacity 2.2.0 running on Linux, audio track and MIDI track playing
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Audacity Features

  1.  Ad-freeAudacity doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
  2.  PortableAudacity can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
  3.  Support for VST PluginsAudacity support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.

Audacity information

  • Developed byThe Audacity Team
  • LicensingOpen Source and Free product.
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  • RatingAverage rating of 3.2 (54 ratings)
  • Alternatives131 alternatives listed

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  • English

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  •  8,517 Stars
  •  1,951 Forks
  •  855 Open Issues
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Our users have written 55 comments and reviews about Audacity, and it has gotten 2121 likes

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filippogr
  
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Good alternative to Adobe Audition. It's complete and open-source.

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rogerharden
  
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I've used Audacity for a long long time, everything from editing early music attempts, to podcasts, to interview audio. It's definitely not the most powerful software in the world, but for the price of free, it does plenty.

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Guest
  
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According to fosspost.org Audacity has been acquired by an organization called MUSE, which has updated the privacy policy (PP) allowing for them to gather data, send it back to their servers, and do so in a way that makes you identifiable. Audacity reserves the right to share your data with staff, "any competent law enforcement body, government agency, court or third party", their auditors and legal representatives, and their potential buyers (PP.4.x). Your IP will be stored unhashed for a day (PP.6.1). They may store personal data (PP.6.2). Your data may be transferred across servers in Russia, the US, and the EEA (PP.7.1)

DO NOT USE.

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SV1987

I will use the old version. From behind a firewall it can't send any data anyway.

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durhambell

Agreed, firewall should stop it. Still, it's dodgy. Would like to have time to check the source code and see how this data collection is implemented. Apparently the "Muse Group" is headquartered in Shanghai...soooooooo...........

Does anybody know if this affects "Dark Audacity" too?

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Norton

According to a post on the official forum [1] the then-current version, 3.0.2, does not have the networking ability to 'phone home', but will be applied in future versions. It's still open source, so checkable, but take from this what you will. It's still a dodgy move, but version 2.x are available from FOSSHub [2]. Personally I will continue to use version 2, as it's a bit of an 'old friend', and gets a lot of jobs done quickly. Hopefully someone will fork a privacy-away version at some point.

[1] https://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?f=70&t=119177 [2] https://www.fosshub.com/Audacity.html

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Norton

So, there already exists a privacy-aware safe fork of Audacity. AlternativeTo at the rescue, as always :)

Tenacity lhttps://alternativeto.net/software/tenacity/about/ Tenacity is an easy-to-use, privacy-friendly, FLOSS, cross-platform multi-track audio editor/recorder for Windows, macOS, Linux and other operating systems.

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stevetf

There are two cases where Audacity may "phone home":

  1. Crash reporting. This is a common and extremely useful feature in many apps, including open source apps. When a crash report is generated, you have the option to submit it or not - it's your choice, it is not sent unless you click the Send button.

  2. Update checking. This was a frequently requested feature which was recently added and many users find it very convenient. As with Firefox and many other open source apps that have automatic update notifications, you can turn this feature off. In the case of Audacity, there's even a pop-up on first run telling you how to do that. It can be turned off at any time in "Preferences > Application".

Sadly there has been a lot of FUD about these features, in part because someone from Muse posted a very poor draft privacy statement on the Audacity website (probably due to poor legal advice, but that's just my conjecture). That privacy statement was taken down and replaced a couple of weeks later with the (much more reasonable) privacy statement that can be seen on the Audacity website now.

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felixatkinsonn

i guess they must have changed their privacy policy in the last 7 months: 4. - "Who do we share your personal information with? We do not store or share any personal information."

6.1 - "Data storage, retention and deletion For update checking, your IP address is fully anonymised before storage. For error reporting, your IP address is discarded entirely. For these reasons, it is impossible for us to identify you."

6.2 - "All data is anonymised before storage. We delete all data within 12 months of it being collected."

7.1 - "Your data protection rights Under the GDPR, individuals have certain data protection rights, including the right to access, correct, update or request deletion of their personal information, which you can exercise by emailing privacy@audacityteam.org. However, these rights only apply to the extent that the controller is able to identify the individuals whose personal information is collected. As mentioned above, the Audacity Team anonymises or discards all information that would enable us to identify you, and the processing of the information we collect does not require us to identify you. For these reasons, the exercise of your GDPR rights may be limited, or in some cases, might not apply."

correct as of 21/01/22

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fegiho3254
  
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Old version is still not a spyware

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needsLITHIUM
  
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I used to like audacity... now it's just collecting data on you and your computer activity through telemetry. A private company bought it, and even though the software is still open source, it's being monetized through said data collection. Even if they remove it, I'll never use this program again. Source forks that are 90% identical but without the spying include Audacium, Sneedacity, Audmonkey, etc. Use those instead.

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CeesT
  
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Free, easy to use, and exports to Opus format, which offers FLACC-like clarity at 20% FLACC size.

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yanafedjushkina
  
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Stopped using it a while ago. Consider Tenacity, a fork of Audacity without the spyware stuff.

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