Digital Music Doctor Software Popularity Index 2012-Q3

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Digital Music Doctor announces the results of the Music Software Internet Popularity Index for the third quarter of 2012. Avid Pro Tools regained the top position during 2012-Q3 as ImageLine FL Studio dropped to second place. Apple GarageBand moved down to sixth place, Cakewalk Sonar to seventh place, and Apple Logic to ninth place. Adobe Audition jumped five slots moving up to fourth place, and Steinberg Cubase increased its ranking to fifth place.

Digital Music Doctor announces the results of the Music Software Internet Popularity Index for the third quarter of 2012. Avid Pro Tools regained the top position during 2012-Q3 as ImageLine FL Studio dropped to second place. Apple GarageBand moved down to sixth place, Cakewalk Sonar to seventh place, and Apple Logic to ninth place. Adobe Audition jumped five slots moving up to fourth place, and Steinberg Cubase increased its ranking to fifth place.

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

PRODUCT (INDEX)    
1. Avid Pro Tools (13.5)    
2. FL Studio (7.9)    
3. Ableton Live (5.4)    
6. Apple GarageBand (2.8)    
4. Adobe Audition (3.4)    
5. Steinberg Cubase (3.1)    
7. Cakewalk Sonar (2.5)    
9. Apple Logic (1.1)    
8. MOTU Digital Performer (1.4)    
11. Band-in-a-Box (0.8)    
10. Steinberg Wavelab (0.8)    
12. Sony Acid (0.5)    
13. Sony Sound Forge (0.5)    
14. Steinberg Nuendo (0.3)    
15. Propellerhead Reason (0.3)    

This index is based on a quarterly moving average of annual 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. Current quarter data is also included for comparison. The following table shows a complete list of the products tracked as well as the changes in their annual average ranking from the prior quarter.

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