In April 2021, the free/libre audio editor Audacity was aquired by Muse Group, who have since then taken over its development. There was some drama around telemetry changes in their first release, then things quieted down. About a month ago Audacity 3.2 was released, adding a big, prominent "Share Audio" button for uploading audio files to ... [drum roll] ... a propietary platform operated by Muse Group.

Naturally they advertise the platform offers "free audio-sharing" (... until they start monetizing), and is "designed to empower audio creatives & musicians" (... the form of "empowerment" that puts Muse Group in an exclusive position to monetize that supposed "power").

Maybe the entire strategy flops anyway (fingers crossed I guess?) but if you want to let them know that their scheme is cheap and that we're watching closely, here's their call for feedback you can answer: "We’re still trying to figure out exactly the kind of product we want [it] to be so please share your thoughts on our progress so far over on Reddit or directly via email -"

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@freebliss So, I love Bandcamp but as soon as they were acquired by Epic I jumped on Faircamp. I don't care if things aren't changing immediately, they will eventually.

I feel the same way about Audacity (except things -have- been changing). The only long-term solution is to fork because protests to the company only matter as long as the company decides they do.

@indigo I fear you might be right there. I'm actually a bit surprised I didn't see any outrage about this proprietary platform integration so far, but maybe I just missed it.

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