Music Software Popularity Index - 2008 Q3

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Digital Music Doctor announces the results of the Music Software Internet Popularity Index for Third Quarter 2008.

Digital Music Doctor announces the results of the Music Software Internet Popularity Index for Third Quarter 2008. As in all previous releases of this study DigiDesign Pro Tools holds the lead position. During this period FL Studio moved up one position to edge out Steinberg Cubase for the number two slot. FL Studio continues to be better known by its original name, Fruity Loops, which comprised 79 percent of the searches for the product. Adobe Audition, which had been on a downward trend for the past several quarters, bounced back and moved up four positions to sixth place. This change does not reflect an increase in searches for Adobe Audition, but rather fewer searches for Apple GarageBand, MOTU Digital Performer, and Ableton Live. Sony Sound Forge moved back into eighth place.

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

PRODUCT (INDEX)
1. DigiDesign Pro Tools (11.3)
2. FL Studio (8.0)
3. Steinberg Cubase (6.2)
4. Cakewalk Sonar (5.3)
5. Apple Logic (3.5)
6. Adobe Audition (3.4)
7. Apple GarageBand (3.0)
8. Sony Sound Forge (2.2)
9. MOTU Digital Performer (1.9)
10. Ableton Live (1.7)

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 products tracked as well as the changes in their ranking from the prior quarter:

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

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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