Audacity Dropped PPC Support

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by gavinstubbs09, Feb 2, 2016.

  1. gavinstubbs09 macrumors 65816


    Feb 17, 2013
    NorCal boonies ~~~by Reno sorta
    Don't know if you guys use Audacity much, but they finally dropped PPC support. Take this as a PSA :D

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  2. iModFrenzy macrumors 6502a


    Jan 15, 2015
    Our actions define our legacy
    I didn't even know it supported PPC in the first place :p
  3. swamprock macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2015
    I used it on my G5 to mix down and convert my music projects. I still use 2.1.1 on my Macbook and Intel iMac for the same purpose. There's even an OS 9 version.
  4. SecretSquirrel macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2013
    I've used it for years as a really good lightweight alternative to GarageBand. Although there have been various releases over the years, the feature set hasn't changed much and already has everything you might need so I don't see much of a problem with them dropping PPC support.
  5. d-oost macrumors 6502a

    Jan 10, 2016
    Oh the audacity they have, killing off PPC like that!
    Easy made pun aside, I can't blame them, PPC has been considered a dead platform by Apple for years, so all the support they gave in the period after that has been totally awesome. Plus, 2.1.1 is plenty good for me!
  6. tevion5 macrumors 68000


    Jul 12, 2011
    Aww man can I just say as a Logic Pro addict, audacity can't even hold a candle to GarageBand 09'. Nice of them to support it so long, but it ain't a huge loss IMO!
  7. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    How much "support" to PPC users were they providing?

    I don't expect the PPC version will need any updates.
  8. Dronecatcher macrumors 68030


    Jun 17, 2014
    Lincolnshire, UK
    For it's intended purpose, I don't think the drop will be noticed - it'll still work great. I definitely wouldn't call it a Garageband alternative though and comparing it isn't fair on Audacity. It's a great freeware audio recorder and processor that can also be used as a multitrack recorder - above all, a basic recording platform on zero budget :)
  9. d-oost macrumors 6502a

    Jan 10, 2016
    That. Just for fun, I checked out some really old versions of Audacity. Around 2005, changes really started to stagnate. The 2005 version looks identical to the last 2016 PPC version. The final PPC version will fit the needs of anyone using it on a PPC Mac for at least another decade, if not even longer.
  10. MacCubed macrumors 68000


    Apr 26, 2014
    I use audacity to record and edit music from vinyls. It works great as it sits, and I doubt too many changes will be made from here on out because it just works
  11. d-oost macrumors 6502a

    Jan 10, 2016
    Yeah, me too. As long as it can do proper cutting, some basic noise reduction and amplification where needed, exporting to high res FLAC or WAV, and do it all with a nice GUI, I'm set. The last version of PPC Audacity meets that, so I'm set for good. I don't see me ever needing more than that when ripping vinyl, the results with ripping to FLAC now will always exceed the capabilities of vinyl records anyway, so any magic innovation in the audio technology sector isn't going to render this version of Audacity obsolete when it comes to ripping vinyl. Or tapes, for that matter.
  12. MysticCow macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2013
    That's what I'm thinking too. Future changes in the Intel app will likely be due to a change in the Mac OS and not because of much else.
  13. fuchsdh macrumors 65816


    Jun 19, 2014
    Yep. 2.0 brought a lot of features but since then it's been pretty minor tweaks. If you can get by with Audacity right now period you'll be fine on a PPC using the old versions for years to come.
  14. CooperBox macrumors 6502a


    Nov 28, 2010
    France - between Ricard & Absinthe
    I use it for similar tasks, plus editing old musical cassettes. Always works a treat.

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