Music Software Popularity Index-2012 Q4 - Social Media Now Included

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Digital Music Doctor announces the results of the Music Software Internet Popularity Index for the fourth quarter of 2012. ImageLine FL Studio traded places with Avid Pro Tools for the first and second positions.

Digital Music Doctor announces the results of the Music Software Internet Popularity Index for the fourth quarter of 2012. ImageLine FL Studio traded places with Avid Pro Tools for the first and second positions. Native Instruments Maschine was introduced into the index this quarter and entered at fourth place, pushing several other products lower.

Two major changes were also introduced into the structure of the index--recognition of the impact of Social Media (Facebook, Twitter & YouTube) and the inclusion of Virtual Instruments. In order to transition to these changes, the index is now being reported as the annual moving average of four quarters.

The ten most popular music software products on the Internet, based on recent internet search search and social engagement activity, are:

PRODUCT (INDEX)
1. FL Studio (38.5)
2. Avid Pro Tools (35.9)
3. Ableton Live (22.7)
4. NI Maschine (11.3)
5. Apple GarageBand (11.0)
6. Adobe Audition (10.1)
7. Steinberg Cubase (8.8)
8. Cakewalk Sonar (6.6)
9. Apple Logic (6.5)
10. MOTU Digital Performer (3.5)

The music software popularity index is based both on Internet search activity on Google and Microsoft (Yahoo+Bing) as well as social engagement activity on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. 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. FL Studio (1)
2. Avid Pro Tools (-1)
3. Ableton Live (0)
4. NI Maschine (N/A)
5. Apple GarageBand (-1)
6. Adobe Audition (-1)
7. Steinberg Cubase (-1)
8. Cakewalk Sonar (-1)
9. Apple Logic (-1)
10. MOTU Digital Performer (-1)
11. Steinberg Wavelab (0)
12. NI Kontakt (N/A)
13. Band-in-a-Box (-3)
14. Sony Acid (-2)
15. Sony Sound Forge (-2)
16. Propellerhead Reason (-1)
17. Presonus Studio One (N/A)
18. Steinberg Nuendo (-4)
19. Magix Samplitude (-3)

Additional details on the results of the Music Software Popularity Index are available at the Digital Music Doctor website, http://www.digitalmusicdoctor.com/popularity/

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