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How to Earn Money by Listening to Music Online

A part-time freelance writer who is trying different ways to earn money online.


Many people want to earn money by listening to music in their free time. So, I will show you how to earn money by listening to music. Here are some reliable websites that pay you money for listening to and reviewing music.

Music Xray

Music Xray allows you to discover music that you may be interested in. You will have to sign up and enter the type of music that you like in a form. They also track the music that you hear on Facebook to find the best matches for you. This website benefits the user by paying him or her and the artists by helping them build an audience.

You will have to listen to a song for at least 30 seconds to get paid. Obviously, you can listen to the entire song if you like it. The website also allows you to tip the artists that you really like. The pay is $0.10 for every song that you listen to for 30 seconds. You can earn around $12 per hour from this website. However, I don't think that you will find a lot of tracks to listen to if you have a lot of free time.


Slicethepie is one of the most reliable websites that pay to write reviews. All you have to do is listen to a track for about 90 seconds and write your review as well as rate the track out of ten. This website will pay you based on your star rating. Your star rating is based on the quality of the reviews that you write. So, you will be paid more when you write quality reviews. You can earn anywhere from 5 cents to 20 cents per review. You can easily earn a few dollars by reviewing songs for an hour or so.

The minimum payout amount is $10. You will receive your earnings through PayPal. They are even working on bringing Android and iOS apps soon. Unfortunately, this website is only available in most English speaking territories and Germany.


HitPredictor is a website that focuses on predicting which songs will do well in the near future.You are given a point for each song that you rate after listening to it for 90 seconds. The website also allows you to earn a point for rating an artist. Other ways of earning points are polls and referring others. The advantage here is that you get to listen to new songs, but the disadvantage is that you don't get paid in cash.

The website doesn't seem to pay cash directly, but the website allows you to exchange points for raffle tickets. The raffle tickets can allow you to win Amazon gift cards if you are lucky. The raffle tickets are limited in numbers, and you can only buy one ticket per day. You will be notified by email if you win.

Unique Rewards

Unique Rewards actually pays you for listening to the radio if you live in the U.S., U.K., or Canada. You just have to listen to a station of your choice for earning money. After 30 minutes of listening to a particular station, a Captcha code will pop up. You will be paid after you solve the Captcha. The pay is different for the U.S. and the other two countries. U.S. users will earn $0.03 per 30 minutes while the users from the other two countries will earn $0.01 for 30 minutes. Keep in mind that you can only listen to one station at a time.


FusionCash is a GPT (get paid to) website, which will pay you a $5 bonus just for joining. The website does pay you to listen to the radio, but I couldn't find out how much they actually pay. The unique feature of this website is an active forum where you can get paid $3 per month for being an active contributor. They have been around since 2005, so they are pretty reliable. Unfortunately, this website is only available in the United States.

You will need to have a balance of $25 or more to cash out. At least $15 out of the $25 must come from non-bonus credits. The other important rule is that your account credits will expire if they are not cashed out within 180 days. For example, the $5 that you earned today can only be cashed out within the next 180 days. After that you will lose your $5. However, this shouldn't be a problem if you are an active user.


RadioLoyalty rewards users for listening to radio, rating songs, sharing on social media, etc. You can use their app on Android and iOS to earn from your mobile devices. While you listen to radio, visual ads pop up on the screen and this allows RadioLoyalty to pay you. Their radio player is called UniversalPlayer.

You are paid every 10 minutes that you listen to the UniversalPlayer. They have over 5,000 stations, so you can surely find something that you like. The problem is that you are only paid 10 points for every 10 minutes that you listen to the radio. Unfortunately, the cheapest merchandise are earbuds and portable speaker system that will cost you 159,500 points each.

There are several other merchandises like iPad, headphones, etc. You will have to spend months or even years listening to music. I am not exaggerating here. Let us assume that you listen to radio for two hours daily. Your daily earnings would be around 120 points. Your monthly earnings would be 3,600 points. Your yearly earnings would be 43,200. It would take you more than three years to get enough points to redeem them for the cheapest merchandise.

The fact is that they have a limit of 365 days for redeeming points, so you will lose a lot of points before you can reach the payout. I have only focused on listening to music because this article focuses on music only. I don't think that you would be able to do much better even if you focus on other tasks.

Playlist Push

You can become a curator and get paid to receive and review songs on Playlist Push. This is a bit like HitPredictor because the artists and curators are brought together. The difference is that Playlist Push focuses on Spotify only. Spotify is a music streaming service. You will need a Spotify playlist with at least 400 followers that generates at least 20 monthly listeners to qualify for becoming a curator.

The pay depends on your reputation score. You can earn anywhere from $1.50 to $15 per review. You reputation score depends on your base score and your playlist score. Your base score depends on factors like the quality of your reviews and the time that you have been on the platform. The playlist score is calculated by multiplying the average amount of monthly listeners your playlist generates with 10.

Tips to Earn Money by Listening to Music

You need to keep certain things in mind if you want to do well.

  1. Try to make your review as descriptive as possible without being too harsh. You can comment on a lot of things like the intro, voice quality, lyrics, and the overall quality of the song.
  2. There are terms and conditions as well as the FAQ that you need to read to make sure that you don't get into any kind of trouble.
  3. You can use a stopwatch while listening to the radio to know when a captcha pops up and solve it. You can focus on other work this way while you earn by listening to the radio.
  4. Always pick genres that you are interested in or you might regret it.

Final Words

I wouldn't recommend listening to music online just for earning money because the pay is too low. If you have fun while trying to earn money by listening to music, then you can consider it. You can treat it as getting paid to do something that you love.

There are some ways of earning money online that I recommend like freelancing or blogging. I have written an article about starting your blog, and I recommend reading it if you want to learn how to start a blog even if you have no experience.

If you have any questions, then let me know.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2018 Kshitiz Gaur


Kshitiz Gaur (author) from Jhalawar on January 02, 2020:

You have to visit the website to see if you can join or not. Just pick one website and search it on Google.

Amna on January 02, 2020:

How can I join you . Plz help

Kshitiz Gaur (author) from Jhalawar on November 14, 2018:

They are legit as I looked into them before including them. You are welcome.

Poppy from Enoshima, Japan on November 14, 2018:

If these are legit, then they are excellent. I think I will start with SliceThePie as I enjoy writing. If it helps struggling artists too, then it sounds like a good endeavor. As a part-time worker, I am always looking for new ways to earn money online. Thank you for this list!