Music Software Popularity Index - 2010 Q4

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Digital Music Doctor announces the results of the Music Software Internet Popularity Index for the fourth quarter of 2010. For the first time in the five-year history of this analysis Avid Pro Tools fell out of the top position and was replaced by Cakewalk Sonar. Five other products - Steinberg Cubase, Adobe Audition, MOTU Digital Performer, PG Music Band-in-a-Box, and Propellerheads Reason - moved up in the rankings. Six other products - ImageLine FL Studio, Apple Logic, Apple GarageBand, Sony Sound Forge, Sony Acid, and Steinberg Nuendo - lost ground.

Digital Music Doctor announces the results of the Music Software Internet Popularity Index for the fourth quarter of 2010. For the first time in the five-year history of this analysis Avid Pro Tools fell out of the top position and was replaced by Cakewalk Sonar. Five other products - Steinberg Cubase, Adobe Audition, MOTU Digital Performer, PG Music Band-in-a-Box, and Propellerheads Reason - moved up in the rankings. Six other products - ImageLine FL Studio, Apple Logic, Apple GarageBand, Sony Sound Forge, Sony Acid, and Steinberg Nuendo - lost ground.

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

PRODUCT (INDEX)
1. Cakewalk Sonar (5.6)
2. Steinberg Cubase (5.0)
3. Avid Pro Tools (4.8)
4. FL Studio (2.6)
5. Adobe Audition (1.6)
6. MOTU Digital Performer (1.4)
7. Apple Logic (1.3)
8. Apple GarageBand (1.2)
9. Ableton Live (0.9)
10. Sony Sound Forge (0.8)

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