Chartix: browse and listen to music charts on Android
Chartix provides you with access to various music charts that you can browse to listen to songs that you are interested in. Before I go into details, I'd like to get the following out of the way. The app is ad-heavy which you will notice when you look on the screenshots below or install and use it yourself.
The main screen displays three Google Ads, two placed in between contents and one at the end. While this may not be an issue for most users, considering that the app is free because of that, some may not want to use it because of that. A full screen ad is displayed when you use the back or home button to exit the app.
The chart screens on the other hand only display ads on the bottom of the screen.
First thing that you need to do is pick one of the supported charts from the application's start screen.
- iTunes Top 100 Charts US
- iTunes Top 10 Charts for 22 different countries including US, UK, Canada, Germany, Australia, Spain, France and Sweden.
- Billboard Charts including US Top 100, K-Pop Top 100, Billboard 200, Digital Songs, Radio Songs and Dance / Club songs.
All charts display information about each song in list form. Here you see a song's rank, the artist, song name and a cover of the album or single.
The iTunes Top 100 Charts and all Billboard Charts are powered by YouTube exclusively. What this means is that the application performs a search for the song on YouTube so that you can play it in its interface directly.
The Top 10 iTunes Charts for each country on the other hand let you preview each song using Apple's iTunes music service. While this limits the song preview to 30 seconds, you get options to download that song, set it as the new ringtone, or download its album art. Plus, you can still use the view on YouTube option to listen to the full song on YouTube, provided that it is available on the video hosting website.
If you vote for the application on Google Play, you do get access to the Chart Maker tool that is included in the app. This tool enables you to create your own charts by selecting countries and how many songs you would like to be included in your custom charts listing.
The application lacks a couple of features that would improve its usability. There is for instance no option to play all songs automatically once you have selected a music chart that you are interested in. You always have to start songs individually to listen to them, which may not be a problem if you are just looking for that one song that you cannot get out of your head. If you want to play all songs currently in the charts though, you may prefer to use a simpler application that adds them all to a playlist of sorts so that your listening experience is not interrupted once you hit the play button.
The application provides you with access to a lot of charts, which is definitely a plus. Since it is using YouTube to deliver the music, it is unlikely that you will run into any issues here, even though it is also quite possible to visit YouTube directly and listen to those songs directly on the site.
All you need for that is a copy of the current music charts you are interested in. The advertisement, and the fact that there is no playlist functionality are definitely the negative aspects of the application.Advertisement
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