Gone are the days when music could only bring you money if you were a professional musician. Today, you can even earn as an ardent listener – if you can write about your experience, and write well. Slice the Pie is the name of an app that makes that possible, and in this article I will write an honest review of it. How much money can you make? Is it viable enough to qualify for a nice, enjoyable side gig? What are the common issues that users are facing? Read on to find out.
Paid online surveys are nice, but if you’re not a survey maniac, you can easily get bored. Which can hardly ever happen if you like music. That’s the first and basic advantage of this system over its not so artistically inclined competitors.
And music is not the only thing you can review there. After signing up, you will be prompted to choose from three other things as well: commercials (mostly fashion and beauty), homeware, and the so-called Lucky Dip, where you get to review random things.
But first, let’s see who they are. According to the website, they were founded back in 2007. Right now, they boast of being “the web’s largest music review engine”, with over two millions reviewers to date, more than ten million reviews, and over $1 million paid. (The math sounds a bit too much, but who am I to judge?) And it’s not just your neighbor’s uncle’s nephew’s garage band that they are providing reviews for. It’s also “most of the major US record labels”, to quote their site again.
How Does It Work?
The process of joining this platform is rather straightforward. Even more so than most get-paid-to platforms, since they have both an Android and an iTunes app. In case you aren’t a smartphone user or are just an old-fashioned desktop user (like me), you can also access the platform on your computer.
And forget about all kinds of dull demographic questions, for they will ask next to none. Basically, they don’t care who you are, as long as are over 13 and you can write. (Well, they will ask you if you’re married, employed, and how much you earn, but it doesn’t affect your eligibility in any way.) Which is kinda refreshing if you ask me. Trying to climb over the strict and rigid demographic walls can be a tiresome job. Plus, the age limit means even (or especially) teenagers can take advantage of it.
After you’re done with the basic info, tick the genres you like, and you’re good to go with reviewing stuff.
How Much Can I Earn?
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So, once you’ve listened to at least 90 seconds of the track, you will be able to write a review, rate the song from 0 to 10 (yes, there is 0 as an option!). There is also a third way of reviewing. Namely, imagine the song was a person, and rate it from 0 to 10 in different traits (such as funky, honest, innovative, playful etc.)
I took about two minutes to listen to the song and write my first review, and bingo! I earned 3¢. Not much, but more than most people who only managed to earn 1¢ or 2¢. Note that you can’t submit your review before those 90 seconds – but you can start writing it.
The next song loaded automatically, so I was able to do it again and cash in another 3¢.
The only other way to make money is via referring friends – as they were quick to point out in their welcome mail. Whenever your friend completes a review, you will get bonus earnings. They don’t say how much, but everything is welcome when we’re dealing with mere cents.
Now, the cashout threshold is $10 – less than the industry standard of $20 or $25, but it’s still pretty high considering the low earnings.
User Feedback and Common Pain Points
Judging by the reviews you can read on Google Play and App Store, the app is decent. Even though you can’t really get rich, the ease of making a few extra dollars by reviewing music is hard to beat. Common complaints are that the rewards are very low, with many long-time users getting paid just 4¢ per review, and it takes a minimum of two minutes to do it (90 seconds for listening and 30 more seconds to write your opinion). That’s an average of $1.20 that you can earn per hour. Not exactly the most lucrative option one can think of. Still, it’s possible to accrue enough to at least pay for some of your smallest expenses.
Now, it doesn’t come without any hassle. Beware of writing very similar reviews (with common wording) or they might lock your account. What they need are fresh and honest reviews that could help shape young musicians.
- They pay in cash via PayPal. No discounts, vouchers or gift cards that one would expect from such a platform. And that is praise-worthy. That being said, you will have to wait up to five business days for your reviews to get read by the team and approved, so that you can get your hands on the earnings.
- They aren’t exclusive to certain demographic categories. Which makes it a nice opportunity for teens or even students from many locations over the world, no matter your race, earnings, or social status.
- Your earnings can increase as you get better. The point is that it’s not just you who is reviewing. Your reviews are also being reviewed, so to speak. You will start with a one-star user rating, and it will grow progressively if your reviews are varied and honest.
- There isn’t a limit as to how many songs you can review. It means that your earning potential is practically pretty nice. It’s likely that you will just get tired and stop for the day way before you run out of review opportunities.
- It’s much more fun than survey taking. Forget about those long and drab surveys asking you to tick through multiple-choice questions about the brands of your kitchen appliances. Music and fashion are so much more enticing.
- The rewards are super low. Especially in the beginning. 4¢ that I mentioned above seems to be an average, but as you start, you stand to earn as little as 1¢ per review. It couldn’t get any lower than that. However, they are growing progressively. So much so that an experienced reviewer can earn whopping 5¢. (There is a myth that the rewards range from 2¢ to 20¢, but I haven’t found any proof towards the upper point.) Yay?
- It can be tough to come up with original, diverse reviews. This is not a con from their perspective – indeed, I would do the same if the app was mine. However, after writing like 20 or 30 reviews, it can get a bit difficult to be original and avoid using the same set of words. And that can get your account locked. Or show you a message like this one. (And just because I hated the song. When I deleted words such as “boring”, “dull”, “repetitive”, the review was submitted successfully.)
Final Verdict – Do They Really Slice the Pie?
The most succinct answer to this question would be: yes, they do, but not as much as I would like. The rewards aren’t big enough of an incentive. So, it only makes absolute sense if you enjoy listening to new tracks or albums. Many people do it for free. Why not get rewards too?