Something I’ve been doing a little of the last few days is Slice the Pie — a site that will actually let you get paid to listen to music! Before you read any further, you should know that doing this is definitely just an extra money thing, BUT it’s a really fun one and the extra money you can earn will likely amount to much more than the small change you get here and there from things like YouData or Instant Cash Sweepstakes. The extra money you earn from your participation in Slice the Pie could actually add up pretty quickly.
About Slice the Pie
Slice the Pie allows music artists to submit their stuff so that you, the listener, can give them valuable feedback on it. For the most part, you’ll be listening to stuff by newer musicians who haven’t really made it yet. You are called a “scout” and you get to listen to tracks, rate them, and write reviews. Artists that get rated the highest get to be a part of Slice the Pie’s showcase, and you are given the option of supporting them. In return for your support, you can get free music and merchandise from these artists. I haven’t actually gotten into this part of the site yet to understand fully what it’s all about since I’m a fairly new user.
How You Earn Money With Slice the Pie
As stated above, you get paid for rating and reviewing tracks by new artists. You have to listen to at least 90 seconds of a song before you can leave your review. The longer and more detailed your review, the more you can earn. Also, they want reviews written in good English. The exact amount of pay you can receive varies depending on a few different factors, including your rank and experience. You get a base payment for each review you leave and that goes up with your rank. You also get a bonus payment in addition to your base pay. The better, more detailed your review is, the more your bonus payment will be. You have to give each song a number rating (1-10) and of course the written review. You can now also go up in level, and your level goes up as you gain experience. I just now reviewed a rated a song on the site to see how how much I would get. I’m not a regular user so my base pay is just .02 cents, but I left a good, detailed review and received a .04 cent bonus payment on top of my base pay, so I got .06 cents total for reviewing and rating a song that I only had to listen to 90 seconds of.
As of November 2011, Slice the Pie made some changes to the way they do things. One of these changes is energy levels. You now have an energy bar when you rate songs, and it goes down a little with every review you write. Once your energy level is all the way down to the bottom, you cannot rate anymore songs. The energy bar builds up every three minutes. I’m guessing the point of this is so that people can’t just go through, quickly rating songs with nothing more than just a “Good song” in the comments and then move right along. Hopefully this feature helps to encourage people not to game the system and actually leave thoughtful, useful feedback.
How to Get Paid With Slice the Pie
Once you have earned $10, you can request your earnings via Paypal. I haven’t gotten enough yet to request a payout, so I’m not sure how long it will take them to pay. However, their website states that it could take up to five days for your payment to process. I will update you on how long it took me to get paid once I do! If you would prefer, you can instead use your earnings to support the artists you like. You will also occasionally receive vouchers that may be used to support artists.
Is there a limit on how much you can earn?
Not really. You can review as many songs as you like. However, this really is just an extra money gig as stated above. I wouldn’t depend on it to pay my bills.
Who can sign up for Slice the Pie?
People who are 13 and up can use Slice the Pie to earn money. The company is based out of the United Kingdom, but anyone from anywhere in the world is eligible to create an account. However, it is necessary to have a Paypal account to get paid because this is the only payment method offered.
What I Think So Far
I think Slice the Pie is really fun, interesting way to earn some extra money and help new artists get some much needed feedback and publicity. People really enjoy it and are surprised by how quickly the small change adds up here. I’ve read a few reports online of people who have been able to get around $200 per month for doing this, although I’m not sure that’s typical and I don’t know how much time would have to be put in in order to earn that much. I’m excited to participate more and I can honestly say I’ve already come across some new music that I really like.
My Slice the Pie Payment Proof (update 8/28/12)