Audacity Launches on Microsoft Store to Fight ‘Ridiculous Number of Counterfeits[s]’

Audacity is a free audio software that, for many, is one of those must-have programs – because, UX aside, it’s more or less perfect. It’s easy to use, flexible, free and does everything a normal user needs from PC-oriented audio software.

That was always the intention, and Audacity has been around for so long that it feels like part of the picture – co-creators Dominic Mazzoni and Roger Dannenberg started working on it in late 1999, and the first release was in May 2000. It’s impossible to know. exactly how many users Audacity has had over the years, but at the very least it has been downloaded over 300 million times.

Such popular software means one thing: clones. In the case of Audacity, clones that aim to take advantage of customers who don’t realize that Audacity is free software and masquerade as the real deal to steal $4.99 from their parents. This problem is one thing on the internet in general: but it’s another beast when these knockoffs are being sold through something with the Microsoft Store’s veneer of legitimacy.

Audacity itself wasn’t in the Microsoft Store, which was no doubt part of the problem. That has changed now, with the people behind the software realizing that the flood of fakes was getting ridiculous.

Martin Keary, aka Tantacrul, is the current head of product at Audacity, and took to twitter to comment on the software’s release.

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The “absurd number of false[s]”, however, remain. If you search for Audacity in the Microsoft Store, here’s what you get (and here’s the real thing).

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Yes, the astute developer ‘MegaAppsLabs’ has temporarily discounted his ‘Audacity Audio Editor Project Organizer’ by 100% and is getting better results compared to the real deal. Well, it’s a start. Asked if the Microsoft Store had any verification material that should prevent this, Tantacrul wrote: “You’d think… I’m changing the logo so it stands out more.”

Clones of popular software will never go away: it’s up to storefronts to somehow figure out how best to filter them. There was something rather sickening about how, after Wordle’s emergence as a phenomenon, the various app stores were suddenly swarming with monetized clones sporting nearly identical names that dominated any ‘Worle’ search. Particularly frustrating when, as in this case and this one, the real deal is distributed as free software.

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