Here’s an interesting chart on the left from Digital Music Doctor that shows the popularity of DAW applications. As you can see, Pro Tools is still in the lead, but FL Studio is coming on strong, followed by Ableton Live. Last years challengers Cubase and Sonar have dropped back some.
Digital Music Doctor doesn’t measure the installed base of users or even sales of software packages, they measure Internet search results, so don’t misconstrue what the chart is trying to say. It’s the popularity of a software package based on search activity on Google, Bing, Yahoo and AOL.The idea is that the number of searches directly correlates to the DAW’s real popularity, which may or may not be the case.