Music Software Popularity Index - 2008 Q2

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Digital Music Doctor announces the results of the Music Software Internet Popularity Index for Second Quarter 2008. During this period the top six products - Pro Tools, Cubase, FL Studio, Sonar, Logic, and GarageBand - maintained the same rankings as in the first quarter of this year. Digital Performer moved up one notch and Ableton Live advanced three positions, pushing Band-in-a-Box out of the top ten. Adobe Audition continues its downward movement and has now dropped to tenth place, down from fifth place a year ago.

Digital Music Doctor announces the results of the Music Software Internet Popularity Index for Second Quarter 2008. During this period the top six products - Pro Tools, Cubase, FL Studio, Sonar, Logic, and GarageBand - maintained the same rankings as in the first quarter of this year. Digital Performer moved up one notch and Ableton Live advanced three positions, pushing Band-in-a-Box out of the top ten. Adobe Audition continues its downward movement and has now dropped to tenth place, down from fifth place a year ago.

The ten most popular music software products on the Internet, based on recent search engine activity are:

PRODUCT (INDEX):
1. DigiDesign Pro Tools (18.5)
2. Steinberg Cubase (11.7)
3. FL Studio (9.0)
4. Cakewalk Sonar (8.4)
5. Apple Logic (5.7)
6. Apple GarageBand (4.0)
7. MOTU Digital Performer (3.0)
8. Ableton Live (3.0)
9. Sony Sound Forge (2.8)
10. Adobe Audition (2.8)    

This index is based on quarterly Internet search activity on Google, Yahoo, AOL and MSN. Collectively these 4 search engines represent more than 95 percent of the searches on the Internet. Over 100 search terms are used to construct this index, and 15 music software products are tracked. An annual average of the past four quarters is also included for comparison.

The following table shows a complete list of the rankings as well as the changes in their ranking from 2008 Q1:

PRODUCT (RANK CHANGE):    
1. DigiDesign Pro Tools (0)    
2. Steinberg Cubase (0)    
3. FL Studio (0)    
4. Cakewalk Sonar (0)    
5. Apple Logic (0)    
6. Apple GarageBand (0)    
7. MOTU Digital Performer (1)    
8. Ableton Live (3)    
9. Sony Sound Forge (0)    
10. Adobe Audition (-3)    
11. Band-in-a-Box (-1)    
12. Sony Acid (0)    
13. Propellerhead Reason (0)    
14. Steinberg Nuendo (0)    
15. Steinberg Wavelab (0)    

Additional details on the results of the Music Software Popularity Index are available at the Digital Music Doctor website, http://www.digitalmusicdoctor.com/reviews/musicblog/.

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