Music Software Popularity Index - 2009 Q4

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Digital Music Doctor announces the results of the Music Software Internet Popularity Index for Fourth Quarter 2009. During 2009 Q4 all ten products held the same positions as in the previous quarter. Based on an annual moving average two products changed positions in the fourth quarter: Apple GarageBand dropped to seventh place, trading places with Ableton Live which moved up to sixth place.

Digital Music Doctor announces the results of the Music Software Internet Popularity Index for Fourth Quarter 2009. During 2009 Q4 all ten products held the same positions as in the previous quarter. Based on an annual moving average two products changed positions in the fourth quarter: Apple GarageBand dropped to seventh place, trading places with Ableton Live which moved up to sixth place.

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

PRODUCT (INDEX)
1. DigiDesign Pro Tools (9.9)
2. Steinberg Cubase (7.8)
3. FL Studio (5.3)
4. Cakewalk Sonar (3.9)
5. Apple Logic (2.9)
6. Ableton Live (2.9)
7. Apple GarageBand (2.4)
8. Adobe Audition (2.3)
9. Band-in-a-Box (1.9)
10. Sony Sound Forge (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 annual moving average ranking from the prior quarter:

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