Music Software Popularity Index -- 2006 Q2

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Digital Music Doctor announces the results of the Music Software Internet Popularity Index for Second Quarter 2006. DigiDesign Pro Tools holds a commanding lead in first place followed by Steinberg Cubase in second. The third and forth place products, Adobe Audition and FL Studio, are still better known on the Internet by their former names, Cool Edit and Fruity Loops respectively.

Digital Music Doctor announces the results of the Music Software Internet Popularity Index for Second Quarter 2006. DigiDesign Pro Tools holds a commanding lead in first place followed by Steinberg Cubase in second. The third and forth place products, Adobe Audition and FL Studio, are still better known on the Internet by their former names, Cool Edit and Fruity Loops respectively. The ten most popular music software products on the Internet, based on recent search engine activity are:

PRODUCT                     INDEX

DigiDesign Pro Tools            7.2

Steinberg Cubase                3.9

Adobe Audition                 2.7

FL Studio                     2.3

Sony Sound Forge                2.0

Apple GarageBand                1.8

Cakewalk Sonar                 1.8

Sony Acid                     1.7

Band-in-a-Box                 0.8

Apple Logic                     0.7

This index is based on a three-month average of Internet search activity on Google, Yahoo, AOL & MSN. Collectively these 4 search engines represent more than 94 percent of the searches on the Internet. Over 150 search terms are used to construct this index, and 20 music software products are tracked quarterly.

Looking at the index over the past year, Pro Tools, Cubase, and Audition have consistently been the front runners. However, there has been a fair amount of volatility in the other positions.

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

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