I'm more of a writer than a musician. Typically, I leave the art of music to my boyfriend who is naturally more adept at it than me. However, I like to play with sound from time to time.
I find sound editing programs like ProTools or SoundForge to be too complicated. Audacity is a simple editing program that allows me to trim my sound files, do basic distortions, and publish my finished piece without complications.
Often, working with different sound file types can be a pain. It's frustrating to transfer files from one program to another only to find out that the other program doesn't support the file format you're using. Audacity is handy for these circumstances because it lets me save files in MP3 or WAV file format without having to find another program to convert them.
I recommend Audacity to any novice who likes to create pieces for their podcast, or just likes to play with sound for fun. Even my boyfriend uses Audacity to supplement his other programs.