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. For a more detailed discussion of these changes see our blog, Software Popularity Index - Getting Social.
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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. Here are the changes in annual rankings from the past quarter for all of the products tracked in this index. More...