Monstro is a social music chart generator that shows users which bands, artists and songs are the most popular right now. Users can view top 10 artists and top 10 songs on Hype Machine and Monstro top 40 list on the homepage. Three view options are available so users can see what’s popular now, what was popular yesterday and what people were raving about last week. A search tool is built in so users can find specific song and bands as well. Each item can be clicked to reveal who recently shared the item, a trend pie chart that breaks down sources in the last 30 days and any other charts the song appears on.Show more screenshots »
Monstro was created to give music fans an easy way to discover new songs and see what’s popular. The application refers to itself as a “mix tape. On steroids.” That’s a big claim that seems to be backed up by the handful of reviews and comments found on the web. Users have found Monstro to be a good source of music recommendations while music marketers discover that Monstro helps them see what songs are frequently listened to and talked about.
Monstro provides users with a glimpse of music charts that are not easy to come by elsewhere. There are numerous charts to review, but Monstro takes a more fan-focused approach through social networking. Users can view popular music that is determined using iTunes, Spotify, Hype Machine, YouTube and other online resources. This provides users with an unbiased collection of music that they might like and can supply professionals with valuable industry information.
Monstro has a unique appearance that combines creative with professional. The design is clean with no clutter or annoying advertisements to distract the eye. Each chart is listed in order from the top of the page going down, with minimal information for each song. Users can click to get a more detailed view. The entire experience is pleasant and the user never feels pressured to buy MP3s.
New users can join Monstro by clicking the blue “Join Monstro” button in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The following page presents the user with a large data field asking for an email address. The next step asks the user to sign in with a Twitter account. Some users may notice that they are automatically directed to a humorous error page. While the page is amusing and unique, it is still annoying because the application provides no further explanations or sign in options. Users who experience this issue should return to the homepage and scroll down to the “Contact” link in the lower, right corner to address the problem with Monstro.
Monstro invites all music lovers to sign up for free. There are no subscription fees and the user can return as often as they like to check out new music. The three main charts are presented on the homepage along with the search tool, which requires no registration to access. Users can find out what songs they like are popular and discover new songs they may have not heard before.
Monstro is ideal for users who love music. The application is based entirely around music popularity. The only downside is that some users may find that their favorite bands, artists or genres are not well covered by the application, at least when viewing the top charts (which primarily feature newer music). Older songs can be found through the search tool and provide interesting stats and sharing information.