Digital Music Doctor Software Popularity Index 2012-Q2

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Digital Music Doctor announces the results of the Music Software Internet Popularity Index for the second quarter of 2012. ImageLine FL Studio remains at the top of the quarterly rankings followed by Avid Pro Tools. Apple Logic and Cakewalk Sonar were the biggest gainers, each moving up two slots to the fifth and sixth positions. Adobe Audition and Band-in-a-Box were the biggest losers this quarter. Audition moved down five slots to ninth place, and Band-in-a-Box lost three positions dropping out of the top ten. Apple GarageBand and MOTU Digital Performer advanced one position, and Steinberg Cubase moved down to rank seventh. Although the overall rankings of the ten most popular products are based on an annual average, there is a growing disparity between the annual rankings and the quarterly rankings which will impact future annual rankings.

Digital Music Doctor announces the results of the Music Software Internet Popularity Index for the second quarter of 2012. ImageLine FL Studio remains at the top of the quarterly rankings followed by Avid Pro Tools. Apple Logic and Cakewalk Sonar were the biggest gainers, each moving up two slots to the fifth and sixth positions. Adobe Audition and Band-in-a-Box were the biggest losers this quarter. Audition moved down five slots to ninth place, and Band-in-a-Box lost three positions dropping out of the top ten. Apple GarageBand and MOTU Digital Performer advanced one position, and Steinberg Cubase moved down to rank seventh. Although the overall rankings of the ten most popular products are based on an annual average, there is a growing disparity between the annual rankings and the quarterly rankings which will impact future annual rankings.

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

PRODUCT (INDEX)
1. Avid Pro Tools (20.8)
2. FL Studio (18.7)
3. Ableton Live (9.7)
4. Apple GarageBand (7.5)
5. Adobe Audition (6.4)
6. Steinberg Cubase (5.4)
7. Apple Logic (3.8)
8. Cakewalk Sonar (3.4)
9. MOTU Digital Performer (2.1)
10. Steinberg Wavelab (1.9)    

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