Music Software Popularity Index - 2009 Q2

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Digital Music Doctor announces the results of the Music Software Internet Popularity Index for Second Quarter 2009. As in all previous releases of this study DigiDesign Pro Tools holds the lead position. Steinberg Cubase moved back into the number two position replacing FL Studio which dropped to third. Ableton Live rose to rank seventh, pushing Apple Garageband and Sony Sound Forge down by one position each. MOTU Digital Performer dropped out of the top ten entirely moving to the number twelve position and was replaced by Sony Acid Pro.

Digital Music Doctor announces the results of the Music Software Internet Popularity Index for Second Quarter 2009. As in all previous releases of this study DigiDesign Pro Tools holds the lead position. Steinberg Cubase moved back into the number two position replacing FL Studio which dropped to third. Ableton Live rose to rank seventh, pushing Apple Garageband and Sony Sound Forge down by one position each. MOTU Digital Performer dropped out of the top ten entirely moving to the number twelve position and was replaced by Sony Acid Pro.

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

PRODUCT (INDEX)
1. DigiDesign Pro Tools (13.3)
2. Steinberg Cubase (10.2)
3. FL Studio (8.3)
4. Cakewalk Sonar (7.1)
5. Apple Logic (4.5)
6. Adobe Audition (3.8)
7. Ableton Live (3.5)
8. Apple GarageBand (3.3)
9. Sony Sound Forge (2.9)
10. Sony Acid (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 products tracked as well as the changes in their ranking from the prior quarter:

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

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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