FL Audio Edges Pro Tools in "Popularity" ... Or Does It?

The forums are having a field day with this one. According to Digital Music Doctor LLC, Pro Tools is no longer the most popular digital audio workstation (DAW) out there anymore – at least in terms of lip service. While DNM lists FL Studio edging out Pro Tools as the most popular DAW between 2004 and 2012, with Ableton Live a relatively close third, Digital Music News notes (quite far down the page) that the trend is a phenomenon of "popularity across search engines ... social networks ... and YouTube" rather than a coup in actual sales. We still prefer using Pro Tools over most DAWs out there (and we know we're most likely not alone), but the competition has undoubtedly been rising. So while "popularity" among people voicing their opinions in the online community isn't exactly vetting via the scientific method, we think it's interesting to note the availability and rising popularity (or whatever you want to call it) of other audio software. If you 're of the opinion that competition can only spark innovation, you can revel in the future evolution of the old standby that could just spring from the expanded field.