Music Software Popularity Index - 2012 Q1

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Digital Music Doctor announces the results of the Music Software Internet Popularity Index for the first quarter of 2012. Avid Pro Tools remains at the top of the rankings followed by ImageLine FL Studio. Ableton Live was the biggest gainer moving up two slots to the third position. Adobe Audition and Apple Logic also moved up one slot each to the fifth and seventh positions. Losers this quarter were Steinberg Cubase and Cakewalk Sonar which dropped to the sixth and eighth positions.

Digital Music Doctor announces the results of the Music Software Internet Popularity Index for the first quarter of 2012. Avid Pro Tools remains at the top of the rankings followed by ImageLine FL Studio. Ableton Live was the biggest gainer moving up two slots to the third position. Adobe Audition and Apple Logic also moved up one slot each to the fifth and seventh positions. Losers this quarter were Steinberg Cubase and Cakewalk Sonar which dropped to the sixth and eighth positions.

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

PRODUCT (INDEX)
1. Avid Pro Tools (20.5)
2. FL Studio (16.3)
3. Ableton Live (8.7)
4. Apple GarageBand (7.7)
5. Adobe Audition (7.5)
6. Steinberg Cubase (6.2)
7. Apple Logic (3.6)
8. Cakewalk Sonar (3.3)
9. MOTU Digital Performer (2.1)
10. Band-in-a-Box (2.1)        

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