The music industry is a multi-billion dollar industry, with more than 90% of Americans regularly listening to music, and the global market not far behind. Songs climb to the tops of the charts, are enjoyed by millions, and make record labels tons of money. Now, what if I told you that you could get a cut of the profits, and hear some new music before it gets released to the public?
Are you an avid music listener with an ear for music? Do you think you could help influence the next big hit? Have you ever dreamed of getting paid to listen to music all day? If so, your “survey site” may be HitPredictor.
As the name suggests, HitPredictor is a site that tries to predict the next big hit. They are owned by iHeartMedia, who are based in San Antonio, Texas. This digital media company owns the popular music streaming service iHeartRadio.
iHeartMedia has connections with artists, producers, and more throughout the music industry, which allows them to sample new music before it has been released. Due to its large corporate backing, it is safe to say that you don’t have to worry about HitPredictor being a scam. However, whether or not it is worth your time is still up in the air.
To be able to do anything on the HitPredictor website, you’re going to need to create an account. Thankfully, creating an account is incredibly simple. It requires you to enter some personal information to get a better idea where you fit in a demographic, and you need to choose a username as well. Here you can also enter a referral code if you have one, earning you and the referrer 25 bonus points to be put towards prizes.
After entering your personal information, you are asked to choose up to 3 main genres of music you listen to. This is another way of refining you to a demographic, and is used to determine the music you will review. For example, if an artist enters a different genre than they are used to, the producers may want to know how well received the song is to current fans of that genre.
Listen and Answer Polls
There are two ways to earn points on the HitPredictor website: polls and music reviews.
Polls are regularly placed on the site, asking a variety of questions about the music industry. You may be asked if you prefer one artist over another or if you’ve heard of a specific product or service (like iHeartRadio). Each poll is usually worth 1 point, and there are a limited number of polls available.
The primary way to earn points on HitPredictor is by listening to music. Selecting the “Rate Music” option will bring you to a page where you are presented with a clip from a song, usually spanning 30-90 seconds. To be awarded points, you’ll need to listen to the entire song, and then once it finishes you will need to rate it.
After you’ve listened through the song, you are presented with a review form. You can choose how interested you were in the song on a scale of “hate it” to “love it.” Perhaps most importantly, there is a feedback box where you can write your thoughts, unhindered by rating choices. You can say if you liked the beat but not the voice, if the lyrics were great but it wasn’t catchy, and any other form of feedback that may be helpful.
Where this site falls short in terms of “is it worth it?” comes at the time of payout. Credits are automatically paid out after submitting reviews and answering polls. However, given that each song can take 30-90 seconds for 3 points and the prizes aren’t great, it leaves a lot to be desired.
The prizes available vary on a regular basis, with gift cards being the primary option that is available. You can sometimes find music streaming memberships, CD’s and albums, and other music products as well.
Unfortunately, the prize shop will often run out of gift cards and merchandise you can directly redeem for points. Instead, you are forced to buy tickets into a lottery for a weekly or monthly gift card ranging from $20 to $100. At 100 points per ticket and 5 winners, you will have to listen to approximately 30 minutes of music per ticket, which gives you about a 1% chance per drawing to win. While in theory you could get lucky with fewer tickets, it also removes any guarantee you have of earning a prize for your time spent.
Overall, HitPredictor is not your standard survey site. They introduce standard question answering in the form of polls, but instead of longer surveys and questionnaires, you listen to music. Due to the lack of quality prizes that are available, and the amount of time investment required to enter just a raffle, it may not be the best option for extra income. However, if you like to listen to a variety of music and are interested in hearing some unreleased music before anyone else, that is an added benefit of using the site.
Another way to get the most out of the site is to share your referral link on social media and to as many people as you know. For each referral you get, you will receive 25 free points once they rate 5 songs within 30 days. If you can get 100 people to sign up, that gives you a 25% chance at $20, which is still not great but more worth it than spending a few hours rating music.
In order to make the site more worth it, the prize system would need an upgrade. Sure, listening to music and providing feedback is a much more entertaining way of completing a “survey” than answering tons of questions. But, it still takes time for you to listen and give meaningful feedback, and the fact that you are not guaranteed to win anything unless you are lucky enough to find a gift card in the store makes it unreliable at best.
Ideally, you would have this site in the background while you work on the computer, tabbing out to it whenever the song ends to give feedback. When it comes to the return on investment, you are likely better off looking elsewhere.