It won’t earn you a living, but you can visit many different websites to listen to music and get rewarded with cash or other goodies. This is one of those fun “extra” things you can do here and there, and the rewards will certainly add up over time the more you participate. Here’s a short list of five different websites you should bookmark for when you have some downtime and want to do something that earns extra money.
Slice the Pie
This is a website I have previously reviewed here on this site. Slice the Pie is hands down the best way to get paid for listening to music. You’ll be paid in Paypal cash for rating and writing short reviews of tracks by up and coming artists. It is only necessary to listen to the first 60 seconds of each song before you start writing a review. The amount you earn depends on your rating, which goes up the more you participate and the more accurate and well thought out your reviews are. The rate of pay is between .02 and .20 cents per review depending on your rating. Payments are made on Tuesdays and Fridays. You must have at least $10 in your account to cash out.
HitPredictor will give you points you can redeem for different rewards in their prize store by rating songs and artists. There is a mix of both well-known and new artists here, so it’s not just all new artists like on JamBuzzer and Slice the Pie. There is also the opportunity to win prizes in addition to earning points.
This one actually does pay you in cash. You can participate in focus groups and rate and review songs by new artists. Register an account and then upload up to five mp3′s of songs you like so they can better match you to music. You’ll begin to get invitations via email to review music. You have to listen to the songs that show up in your inbox within 24 hours or the opportunity expires. Invites are supposedly slow at first, but increase the more songs you rate. You earn badges with your participation and each new “badge” gives you more money per song and also more time before the song expires. I can’t find an exact amount of how much you earn, but I believe it’s a minimum of five cents per song and often more than that. You get paid via Paypal once you hit $20.
With Songpeople, you give your opinion on new music through surveys and earn points that you can cash in for vouchers to Amazon.com. You have to fill out your profile after registering in order to start receiving surveys in your email to give your opinion on music. Songpeople is a UK website, but it appears you can still sign up if you are in the United States.
If you love listening to music, I’d suggest signing up with all five to maximize your rewards and earnings! Good luck, and please let me know if you have any experience with any of these sites.