Music Software Popularity Index - 2011 Q1

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Digital Music Doctor announces the results of the Music Software Internet Popularity Index for the first quarter of 2011. For the second quarter in a row Cakewalk Sonar ousted Avid Pro Tools for the top ranking. Pro Tools previously had ranked first for every quarter in the five-year history of this analysis. This quarter Apple GarageBand moved ahead of Apple Logic to rank eighth. All of the other top ten products retained their relative positions from the previous quarter. The trend in internet search activity increased for all of the products.

Digital Music Doctor announces the results of the Music Software Internet Popularity Index for the first quarter of 2011. For the second quarter in a row Cakewalk Sonar ousted Avid Pro Tools for the top ranking. Pro Tools previously had ranked first for every quarter in the five-year history of this analysis. This quarter Apple GarageBand moved ahead of Apple Logic to rank eighth. All of the other top ten products retained their relative positions from the previous quarter. The trend in internet search activity increased for all of the products.

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

PRODUCT (INDEX)
1. Cakewalk Sonar (5.7)
2. Steinberg Cubase (5.3)
3. Avid Pro Tools (5.0)
4. FL Studio (2.9)
5. Adobe Audition (1.7)
6. MOTU Digital Performer (1.4)
7. Apple GarageBand (1.4)
8. Apple Logic (1.3)
9. Ableton Live (1.0)
10. Sony Sound Forge (0.8)
11. Band-in-a-Box (0.7)
12. Sony Acid (0.5)
13. Steinberg Nuendo (0.5)
14. Steinberg Wavelab (0.3)
15. Magix Samplitude (0.2)

This index is based on quarterly Internet search activity on Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and AOL . 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 ranking from the prior quarter. The trend symbols indicate whether the number of searches has increased or decreased from the prior quarter.

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