[LAU] Fwd: The audacity of Audacity: Telemetry / Google Analytics added

Will Godfrey willgodfrey at musically.me.uk
Sun May 9 17:38:13 CEST 2021

On Sat, 8 May 2021 18:51:45 +0100
Filipe Coelho <falktx at falktx.com> wrote:

>On 08/05/21 18:08, Will Godfrey wrote:
>> On Sat, 8 May 2021 12:28:44 -0400
>> Kevin Cole <dc.loco at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> 'A massive middle finger': Open-source audio fans up in arms after
>>> Audacity opts to add telemetry capture
>>> Move comes days after firm acquired by Muse Group
>>> https://www.theregister.com/2021/05/07/audacity_telemetry/
>>> The article notes that it's actually an "opt in" but cautions that
>>> users might mistakenly do so.  
>> Indeed. Not good news. It's been widely reported. I first saw this on 'The
>> Register'. People are just unhappy about the telemetry, but absolutely furious
>> about the two third parties involved. I've used Audacity for years for simple
>> top-and-tailing. I won't be doing so any more.  
>I do not expect Linux distributions to enable the telemetry.
>And from what Audacity developers have said, there is a compile-time 
>option for it which is disabled by default.
>I have looked into their CI builds, seems just using regular Github actions.
>So maintaining a fork for just build-time disabled telemetry should be 
>quite okay.
>It is very sad to see though, that is for sure.
>One of the very first things they do to "modernize" the codebase is 
>adding telemetry, hah, really fits the "modern" attitudes for sure...
>PS: they already added google analytics and other stuff on top of 
>musescore. I personally have little hopes of them backing down from this.

Does anyone know anything about the company? They seem to have come from
nowhere. I can't find any Software presence at all, let alone FLOSS :(

Will J Godfrey
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Exchange them and we can both have a poem, a tune, and a song.

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