‘A massive middle finger’: Open-source audio fans up in arms after Audacity opts to add telemetry capture

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      Telemetry collection is an area that causes much gnashing of teeth and twisting of knickers in the open source community. While some see it as a pointless invasion of privacy, others find it invaluable for solving issues or identifying how people use a product.

      However, stir third-party services like Google Analytics and Yandex into the mix and the reaction is overwhelmingly negative. There is also the question of opt in vs opt out. Red Hat software engineer Eric Gustavsson had a poke through the code and confirmed it was an opt-in affair, although we can see how a user cheerfully clicking through boxes (because nobody ever does that) might inadvertently opt themselves in.

      Telemetry collection is not a new thing for other brands under the Muse Group umbrella. Stablemate notation software firm Musescore defended its use of the technology back in 2019. Adding it to Audacity, however, runs the risk of a fork of the code or some customers looking elsewhere.

      As one user delicately put it: “Currently over 99.97 per cent of the reactions to the original commit are negative. Clearly the users are overwhelming[ly] opposed to it. If it gets added, that will be a massive middle finger to people who have used Audacity all these years and will most likely result in a loss of users.”


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      It’s become harder to use. If I can find a good alternative, I will use it instead.

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      Looks like’muse group’ is Eugeney Naidenov, the founder of Ultimate Guitar

      Ultimate Guitar, also known as Ultimate-Guitar.com or simply UG, is the largest guitarist community website including guitar and bass guitar tablature, chord sheets, reviews of music and equipment, interviews with notable musicians, online written and video lessons, and forums. It was started on October 9, 1998, by Eugeny Naidenov, a student of the economic faculty of Kaliningrad State University, Russia.[1]



      Created by Naidenov when he was just a schoolboy on his summer holidays, Ultimate Guitar now has 11 million registered users. It ranks in the top 500 most popular websites in the US and Dave Mustaine, founder of one of the thrash metal group Megadeth recently credited the site with helping him to learn classical Vivaldi compositions.

      The company that already owns the music notation software and online catalog MuseScore and the Ultimate Guitar community and guitar tab catalog has announced its acquisition of Audacity, the popular free audio editing software. Together with its support of the assignment management platform MuseClass and song learning and effects app Tonebridge, the new company is known as Muse Group, it announced in a press release this week.



      Welcome to the sweary headquaters of Ultimate Guitar, one of Russia’s biggest tech successes

      Evgeny Naidenov approaches a microphone in the middle of his office, and with the word “fuck”, begins his weekly 9am briefing.

      His 40 employees then take it in turns to suggest ideas on how to improve Ultimate Guitar, the world’s most popular website for “badass” musicians…

      But after a decade of impressive growth internet users were turning to smart phones in their droves and the site saw a significant drop in revenue from paid advertising. They had to innovate. “The solution was to unite everyone into one big team working in a hackathon-type format,” says Mikhail Trutnev, the company’s chief operating officer.


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