Is SliceThePie.com A Scam?

Is SliceThePie a scam?

No not food, we're talking about getting paid to listen to music. Getting a slice of the pie, make sense?  

In my roaming for different kinds of ways to bring in extra spending money that can contribute to your multiple streams of income, I have to admit I almost skipped by this one thinking yeah, right! But something tweaked my curiosity just enough to take a close look and I am glad I did.

 

Slice the Pie is a way for new musicians to get their work out there and Slice the Pie provides them a pathway to use on the road to a recording contract. You can read about all that part on the website, it is pretty cool how they help provide feedback and funding to the artists that show the most promise. Anyway, what we are doing here is looking at the first step, which is giving everyday schmucks like you and me a “slice of the pie” by getting paid to listen to this music.

 

Here is how Slice the Pie works

A new artist signs up and uploads three tracks on the system based on genre. We schmucks are called scouts and scouts listen to these tracks for at least one minute, and longer if you want. Then you write a constructive review of what about the song, what you liked or did not like, that must be over 100 characters. Basically you start out with the length of a Tweet and go from there. You are rating different elements of the song on a scale of 1-10. Best of all you get paid for your review!

Payment can range from .02 to .20 per review. They sometimes have a special where all review are on price, like one that they did last June where all review were 15 cents. You can also sometime earn a voucher from the artist if your reviews were particularly good, or if you made a donation to the cause.

If you want to learn more about being a scout, here is their Scouting Guide.

 

What's the twist?

Well, your reviews need to be quality and helpful and not, “ great song man “or “dude your music is awesome.”  They won’t work. You do that and they will shut you down. 

 

As a scout you get rated for each review you write, 1 to 5 stars. It is a computerized algorithm based on review length, targeted words they know will show up in quality reviews, fully using the 1-10 rating scale (not giving everything the same #), and how often you log on and participate. The higher your star rating, the more money you get paid per review. It can go up and down, which makes sense if you go a week without logging on the star rating may go down, even if your reviews are great.

 

In music industry, the power of the crowd cannot be overlooked, so the collective feedback form all the hundreds of Slice the Pie Scouts will give any new artist the kind of information they will find invaluable to help them with their career. So Slice the Pie holds quality of review as an very important.

 

How do I become a scout?

You sign up by clicking here and no it doesn't cost you anything. Once you are in, you choose the types of music you like (or can stomach). Each type of music has its own scout room, so you go to the room of the style you like and listen to what it there and right a review. You will never know the name of the artist before you listen, they randomly provide you with songs to rate. Once you have submitted your review they tell you the artist and song title. You can tip the musician if you choose ( I talk about this later) to show your support, for the songs you really like. Tipping is always a good thing but in this case it  counts in your star rating as well which helps you make more money.

 

I’m no musician and/or a horrible writer, so How can I do this?

You do not have to be a musician to write a decent review, Remember you are writing 100+ characters for each area you rate. Really it is a two or three sentences. If you can write a complete sentence, you are good. Use music terms, like vocals, lyrics, bass, harmony, bass, drums, percussion, the lead singer, the over all blend of sound, and you should be good. A whole lot of what you listen to will be horrid, but you won’t say , “ This is crap!”. You are giving feed back to the artist, so tell them what to do to improve.

 

How do they pay you?

Like most online companies they use Pay Pal as their payment method. You need to have $10 in your account to get paid. But once you hit that, you submit a payment request and it takes up to 5 days to receive your payment. However it can be pretty quick based on the feedback I've read. The $10 could take awhile to get to if you only get paid .02 cents per review. So that is incentive to get your star rating up to 5 stars this way you can earn the maximum .20 cents per review. If you do, earning the $10 may not take as long.

 

More options…..

 

When an artist signs up with Slice of the Pie, they are given a Showcase Account.  Once you listen and rate the music, they tell you who the artist is. Right then and there you can choose to support any artist you like by donating money to their Showcase Account. You can use your earnings, from your account, or donate from your pockets. This can be as low as $1. This is part of the other side of the business and how the artists build up their accounts. Slice of the Pie will occasionally feature only the most popular Showcase tunes, which are the ones who got the most donations. By the way, you can earn a variety of things by making a donation, including boosting your star ratings which earns you more money when listening to the songs and writing reviews. Artists might give folks who made donations vouchers to buy their tunes, or you get promotional stuff from them.  So sharing is definitely caring with this company! lol

 

FYI once an artist reaches a certain level, they get all the money from their showcase account and can then start recording. Like I said you can read all those details on the website, they have a great FAQ page. I am only concerned at how you loyal subscribers can bring in some extra dollars.

 

What about the international audience?

Well the good news, is that this company is from the UK, so they are already international. I saw scouts listed from all over the place on the top scout page. There are some places whose Internet providers don’t mix so well with the Slice the Pie system, so Slice the Pie does not support their countries any more. I think the Philippine’s is one,

 

Multitaksing:

What I like about this opportunity is that involves your listening skills. So this leaves you open to work on other easy money making opportunities I’ve recommended. Here’s how: 

You know how on the Pay to Click site like Hits4Pay and Clixsense ads you have to wait what seems forever before you can click it as read? I would have my Slice the Pie Tab opened and listen to a song while waiting for the next ad to come up….. I’d probably keep that tab open most of the time and just click over there for a break or between my online activities. I could get five even ten or more songs in a day that way, without affecting the time I spend on the computer and maximizing my time! Just a thought on how multitasking can make you more money.

Okay so that’s the pretty picture of the opportunity. But you already know I have to address the stuff that rubs people the wrong way. Otherwise I wouldn’t be doing my job, so here goes.

 

Cons

 

Extra change. Unless you want to sit for hours and hours listening to music and writing top qualities reviews you won’t make the huge dollars. I’ll be honest, I tried this for a day and made some money. But I make more with other activities such as watching videos on Beezag or doing small tasks on minuter worker, etc. So I quickly lost interest. The great thing about having multiple streams of income is that you can pick and choose what works for you. You can hand pick the opportunities that you enjoy the most and give you the biggest bang for you buck. In this instance I’d prefer to focus on other opportunities. However that being said if this type of opportunity does it for you and you’re consistent, you could earn $30-$50 a month. But this is definitely not for the person looking to totally supplement or replace their monthly income needs. It is extra change that can come in handy down the line. For instance I know a lot of folks that let opportunities like this sit and build up money in their Pay Pal Account. Then when the holidays come they have accumulated some decent spending money for taking advantage of all these non-traditional multiple streams of income: So keep that in mind.

 

If you don’t have a semblance of an ear for music, it might not work for you. You do not need to be a musician, but even if you played trombone in the elementary school band, you would have some music sense. However there are those that just don’t hear it. So those folks would probably do best to look for traditional work at home jobs or other non-traditional opportunities.

 

There doesn't seem to be an referral or affiliate program which I think is a missed opportunity. I know they already get a lot of word of mouth traffic but I'm sure they would get even more if they paid people like us to spread the word!

 

On the actual Slice the Pie official Forum I read some comments in the past few months about down time, or not being able to log in, and the system not letting them choose a genre. I don’t know if they are squeaky wheel comments or something to be worried about. Either way I thought I should mention it, since it came from actual members. I would be interested to hear from any of you loyal subscribers who already are members to see if there have been changes in the past few months. I also caution you to pay close attention to the DATES of forum posts, a complaint about tech issues from 2009 is going to do you no good in 2011.

 

So Is Slice The Pie Legitimate?

From everything I can see this is one big green light from where I stand. The company has been around for at least 4 years, so it is stable. One thing I like about this opportunity is that it is totally different than a lot of the other things I’ve recommended in the past. So definitely sign up if you like the idea of getting paid to listen to music!

 

In any event, let me know what you think about this opportunity. By the way if you were sucking your teeth as you read how much you can make with this and thought to yourself, I need “real money” you might want to visit our jobs page which is updated everyday with traditional work at home jobs that might be more your flavor.

I hope you enjoyed yet another legitimate way to make money at home. Good luck.

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Comments

  1. Vinod Mosieur Roca says

    i am currently working here but its not that easy as you think, you need to know how to review the song that you listen.

  2. Amber A. says

    Eddy! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing about this site – I never would have believed that I could have been paid for doing something I enjoyed so much! I am both a music lover and a writer, so writing reviews on music? No sweat! I’ve been registered for about an hour, and am already earning. Plus, I’m actually finding music that I enjoy listening to and probably never would have found on my own. Thank you!

    • says

      Amber you’re so welcome! Isn’t great to find these unique ways of making money for things you already do. I’m happy you appreciate this opportunity. Please feel free to share my site to anyone else you think will get value out of it.

  3. says

    Eddy, Love your webpage.. I just started using Slice The Pie, and I really enjoy it! Being someone that really likes music its a good opportunity for me to make a few extra bucks. Keep up the good work, what you are doing is helping a lot of people!

    • says

      Hey Tony,
      Thanks for the love man. I really appreciate it. I’m glad you like this unique way of making money. It’s definitely pretty cool for someone that really enjoys music. I recently cashed out from SliceThePie so it’s still a great way to make some extra money. Thanks for the support. It feels good to get paid to help so many people and be appreciated for doing it. So thanks again!

  4. says

    LOL, Not really sure. Most people say they appreciate that I keep it “Real” and don’t try to fluff everything. So maybe that’s it. Either way, I appreciate that you do trust me. It means I’m doing my job right. ;)

    • Skeaxaxis1080 says

      Yeah Eddy, even though most of us haven’t actually met you, based on your reviews you seem like an honest down to earth kind of guy. I think that’s why most of us trust your views so well, and btw, thanks to Facebook Iv’e made over $200 in the past week from it.

    • says

      Well that’s good to hear. I know trust isn’t easily gained online. So anytime folks do trust me, I really appreciate it!

      Now how the hell did you make over $200 with slice the pie on FB? What did you do? Tell all your friends about it?

      Great job, either way!

    • Skeaxaxis1080 says

      Three easy steps. 1. Tell your friends about how you made a huge profit on this awesome website and that they can too! 2. Post proof on Facebook. 3. Wait for the rush of music lovers perfectly content making some extra cash, while I sit back and profit. ( I have over 600 people on my friends list)

  5. poshcoffeeco says

    I signed up for this and is everything you say it is. Revenue does build really quickly and for would be writers / reviewers it does brush up your speed writing skills.

  6. says

    You’re welcome! Glad to hear it’s working for you again. Technical issue do arise for any site sometimes.

    Continue to take action and keep us posted on how you’re doing with the various options we’ve provided you.

  7. Shellyann36 says

    I tried logging into my account and it says the domain name has expired on 3/7/12 and is awaiting renewal or deletion. Does anyone know anything about this? I was just really getting into it. I would hate to think all of that work has gone down the tubes….. Anyone know anything?

    • says

      I just clicked on the link in this article and was brought to their page with no problem. I even went in and did a review and was paid. So it’s working fine for me.

    • Shellyann36 says

      I went back again too and it finally worked for me. Whew! I am glad. I was worried that all the work I had done was gone with the wind. Thanks for the fast reply & of course for keeping us all updated with the latest money making ventures online!

  8. says

    Thanks for sharing the screenshot of your payment. I wish more people did this for new companies they’re promoting. I wasn’t aware of the new referral program. I need to get on that! Limiting the income to a year sucks. But it’s better than nothing. Thanks for this.

  9. Mattjcrane says

    this is a paying site as you can see
    http://086af12e.urlbeat.net
    Also they just introduced a referral program where you earn 10% of what your referral earns for a year. It would of been nice of it was lifetime but I think the high earnings they give you just for reviewing the songs makes up for it

  10. says

    Damn Jay! Over $100 at slicethepie? WOW! You must be very active on the site! You go!
    It’s great to hear you taking all this action! As you can see when you do, good things happen. This is only the start my friend. Keep taking action and that bank account will continue to grow with all these opportunities. They really do add up if you can appreciate it. Not everyone does but this site isn’t for them. Thanks for sharing my friend. No, you really rock!

  11. slicethepie says

    Eddy,

    New to your blog.  Well two months, new, HA!  You’ve been a great help.  You should be makin’ some cents off me on Insantcash.  I’m almost up to my first $2 bucks.  A buck on beezag.  Over, 110.00 dollars (YES) on slicethepie.com, I just started Minuteworkers, Weegy, and might look into another opportunity as well.  I was laid off from a job back in April, and there’s no jobs for the likes of me around here (with 1 and 1/2 college degrees).  I do make some money as a writer on the side, but these extra opportunities have really already been paying off and helping.  Thanks for this site man!  You rock.
    -Jay

  12. Awesomeguide13 says

    I’m totally digging this site! It’s fun when you finally get started because you don’t know what or who you are listening too. The only downside is that when you first sign up, the intro doesn’t help much in order to show you what to do to get started and you find yourself searching every page and forum trying to find out how to write a review. All in all, fun but not very user friendly and the music player doesnt like to work on Mozilla Firefox (so at least use Internet Explorer etc.) Thanks for recommending this one!

  13. says

    As much as I like listening to music, my tastes are still stuck in the past. However, I felt that this would be a great opportunity for the music lover in my family: my son. He’s a high school senior who is always listening to music when he’s online. So I figured, why not let him make some money from it. I think this is a great way for him to earn a little cash because we all know how expensive high school can get come senior year. He may not make enough for Prom night (unless he doesn’t spend his earnings before hand), but at least he’ll have a few bucks when he goes out with his friends.

    • says

      Ruby, that’s a great idea to pass this opportunity to your son. But keep in mind they have a lot of generes of music you can listen to. So I wouldn’t count yourself out.

  14. says

    Thomas,
    Thanks for chiming in man. I really appreciate the detailed comment and a different point of view about this. You totally get why I list opportunities like this. Unfortunately there are some people that can’t really appreciate the idea of seed money to be used to make bigger money. Even when I had a full time job I would take on opportunities like this because it was easy money that I could use to re-invest in my business, a gift for a family member or a little gadget for myself.

    Like you said I make it clear this isn’t meant to live off. I provide options for that with the traditional jobs we list daily. But for some reason there always people that want to rain on other’s parades when folks are excited about opportunities like this. I’ve yet to understand what folks gain from it. Oh well. It’s just good to know people like you get it!

    • Eric says

      I’ve earned $20 or so using Pinecone Research, that bought gas on a week when we really needed it. I have $35 + in my paypal acct. that I just transferred to my bank from my different streams of income and MySurvey.  And a $20 check is in the mail from Opinion Outpost.  It is not enough to cover everything, but it sure is nice to have.  If someone works a job that pays $12-$20 an hour with as much overtime as they want, then I guess they might not do these opportunities. I personally love the extra cash that comes in from reading emails, searching the web, watching videos and doing surveys.

    • Thomas Hake says

      Update:

      Potential Cons: They really don’t have a set way to know how to get your rating up. Though they say it takes a more diverse response. I am not quite sure how they value it, and that is depressing. As I have tried to provide insight, I as moved to 2 stars, but I gave some bad ratings to a few horrible artists. I got moved back to 1 star.

      Secondly, they tend to change the amount you get for your rating, as if you are a lower star you get .02 but if you manage to get it up to a 5star it would be worth it as an easy way to make a bit of cash.

      As eddy said above this is a good opportunity if you know a bit about music and can provide intelligent responses, but without a way to get paid to promote it dies there. Also they seem to award people who are doing it daily, as I took a day off now instead of the .10 I was getting I moved to a real scale at .02. Which at .02 you are better off going to do other recommendations.

      Overall it’s an extra way to make a little here and there, but only if you are somewhat intelligent with music and plan to grind it.

      Another note they seem to pay more on days when they need the ratings. I haven’t been doing it long enough to tell for sure, but on Saturday was when they cut the rates back to .02-.20. Assuming more people are around to rate, I will check to see if the ratings go back to .10 for me during the week.

  15. Adamhillrock says

    Wow..this is Amazing!!…{??}..i was kidding…Thank you..but all this time to spend to ‘maybe’ make $10
    a day?..a week?…ummm…i have to say that i really think you are a great guy..and help in many ways…yes!:)
    But my friend…with all you know about the business….and you hold the keys to open many doors we don’t know about..
    Hope we read/hear about some jobs that pays real money…online or offline?!…something that all can do…and all work is time and energy i agree..we all agree!!…and it’s great to ‘sweat’ when the money is fair..something you can really go true day..and feed your kid!…..everyday i am hoping to find/read of something ‘real’ exsiting to do!.. you are a good man…we all respect you, please know that!..all the best!;)  

    • says

      Sorry your sarcasm was lost on me when you originally posted the comment. But I’m happy it did. Because you clearly missed some of the points I made in this article and other opportunities like this. As always we list “real jobs” here: http://www.workathomenoscams.com/jobs we referenced this twice in the article for folks like you that don’t see the value in an opportunity like this.

    • ThomasHake says

      To Adam
           Please understand that Eddy specifically states in a majority of posts that a lot of these non-conventional ways of making money are not about earning a steady paycheck, making a ton of money, or something you should spend an entire day on. He does inform us that opportunities like this are not only available, but are looking for people consistently to pay. Also understand he does not making anything referring this company as there is no affiliate commissions. If you are looking for a more substantial income he’s provided jobs for a wide variety of topics, as he has the link above. I think you are looking at this the wrong way…..

      To Eddy & His loyal posters
          
           I personally have not given a song over an 8 rating, and the 8 rating
      was only 1 song. I spend most of my time with responses like, “Lyrical
      value is elementary, and needs work” 90% of my comments about these
      songs are constructive criticism that do more bashing than praising. (I
      actually have fun getting paid bashing simplistic musicians) A lot of
      fun.

           I am extremely pleased with this opportunity, and want to thank you Eddy for spending your time to give some people an opportunity who will appreciate it. The fact that you are willing to inform us of opportunities that you may no direct profits from show your loyalty to helping people like me out. 

      How much do you really make?

            I have just recently received an email from STP after only 20 reviews increasing my review rate from .10 to .20 per review, on every review. Now I know its not a lot, but I want to show everyone a bit of math. (I have friends who call me a human calculator)

      .20 a review x 9 reviews a day = $1.80 per day.
      At an estimated 6 minutes per review x 9 reviews = 54minutes a day.

      Cost of Wealthy Affiliate is $47 a month.
      Net profit reviewing 9 songs a day x 30 days = $54 a month.

      Conceptual Understanding:

           Though you are not gonna make a killing do this, if you are looking to make some start up capital online this is an excellent way to pay for your WA subscription with about an hour a day of listening and reviewing music. Thinking about as spending time to invest in knowledge that can lead to a substantial value makes the actual value of this opportunity more than net worth of it’s initial results.

      AND SERIOUSLY….

            Is is really that much work to listen to music? No, and seriously you can’t expect to make the amount of money HARD LABOR would pay you if you were doing that. It’s simple, fun, fast, and anyone can do it. The fact of the matter is that you DO get paid for it. If your looking for a FREE way to make some seed money as Eddy calls it, you really cant beat this…other opportunities like Amazon Turk pay .2-.10 for the average hit which sometimes needs a 10 minute qualification, time in Google research, and require actual (clicking of the mouse, finding and using other sites, and a good enough response to get paid at all. I won’t forget to mention I have hits that are yet to be confirmed, denied, or payed ( for about a week now)

           So all an all “Is it worth your time?”

       If your going to enjoy listening to up and coming music artists, like Paypal payments, and want to see this as an investment or a additional stream to make some income it is well worth it.

       I Thank you again Eddy as this opportunity provides me of a fun way to pay for a WA account without spending a dime out of pocket. You as always out do yourself.

      Thomas Hake

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