Music Software Popularity Index - 2010 Q3

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Digital Music Doctor announces the results of the Music Software Internet Popularity Index for the third quarter of 2010. During this time period four products - Cakewalk Sonar, Adobe Audition, Sony Acid, and Propellerhead Reason - showed downward trends from the prior quarter. For two of these products the trend was significant enough to lower their ranking by one position. Audition moved down to sixth place, trading places with Apple Logic which now ranks fifth. Propellerhead Reason dropped to fifteenth place below Steinberg Wavelab which now ranks fourteenth.

Digital Music Doctor announces the results of the Music Software Internet Popularity Index for the third quarter of 2010. During this time period four products - Cakewalk Sonar, Adobe Audition, Sony Acid, and Propellerhead Reason - showed downward trends from the prior quarter. For two of these products the trend was significant enough to lower their ranking by one position. Audition moved down to sixth place, trading places with Apple Logic which now ranks fifth. Propellerhead Reason dropped to fifteenth place below Steinberg Wavelab which now ranks fourteenth.

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

PRODUCT (INDEX)
1. Avid Pro Tools (9.6)
2. FL Studio (7.3)
3. Steinberg Cubase (6.3)
4. Cakewalk Sonar (5.4)
5. Apple Logic (2.9)
6. Adobe Audition (2.9)
7. Apple GarageBand (2.7)
8. Sony Sound Forge (1.7)
9. MOTU Digital Performer (1.7)
10. Ableton Live (1.6)
11. Sony Acid (1.4)
12. Band-in-a-Box (1.3)
13. Steinberg Nuendo (0.7)
14. Steinberg Wavelab (0.6)
15. Propellerhead Reason (0.6)

This index is based on quarterly Internet search activity on Google, Yahoo, AOL and MSN. Collectively these 4 search engines represent approximately 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 (RANK CHANGE)    
1. Avid Pro Tools (0)    
2. FL Studio (0)    
3. Steinberg Cubase (0)    
4. Cakewalk Sonar (0)    
5. Apple Logic (1)    
6. Adobe Audition (-1)    
7. Apple GarageBand (0)    
8. Sony Sound Forge (0)    
9. MOTU Digital Performer (0)    
10. Ableton Live (0)    
11. Sony Acid (0)    
12. Band-in-a-Box (0)    
13. Steinberg Nuendo (0)    
14. Steinberg Wavelab (1)    
15. Propellerhead Reason (-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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