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For the third year in a row, Ableton Live has won the prestigious Musikmesse International Press Award (MIPA). Live 5 received honors in the DJ Software category, beating out Stanton's Final Scratch 2, and Native Instruments' Traktor DJ Studio 3. Ableton's previous awards were in the DJ Software and DJ Tools categories for Live 3 and Live 4, respectively.

The MIPA is awarded to industry members by a worldwide consortium of pro audio and musical instrument magazine editors and journalists. This year, more than eighty magazines contributed to pick the best products of 2005/2006.

Speaking on behalf of the entire development team, Ableton CEO and co-founder Gerhard Behles expressed his enthusiasm about the win: "We are incredibly pleased to see the consistent recognition of our product as a creative outlet for DJ performance."

A list of all MIPA nominees and winners is available here.