- Jun 14, 2018
If you’re a music lover, have you ever thought about earning something for listening to the music you enjoy? All our lives, we’ve paid good money to hear our favorite musicians live in concerts, shelled out a good amount of cash to listen to their MP3s and streaming music, and repeatedly invested in audio equipment and records just so we can hear those sounds that send us to a different dimension, even it’s just for a few minutes. So it only makes sense to want to get some kind of “payback” for all those years of supporting recording artists we like, right?
But now, with platforms like HitPredictor, there is a way to not only get paid to listen to music but to also actually “influence” the kind of new music that the public will get to hear! Sounds promising - or too good to be true? Let’s take a closer look at HitPredictor together, shall we?
First things first - what is it?
HitPredictor is a GPT site that basically lets users “have the power to directly influence new music before it's released.” If it sounds lofty, let’s just put it this way - you listen to music, they reward you and then recording artists, their recording companies and managers, and even radio stations can use your opinions and feedback to shape the way they make and promote music for our consumption.
How long has it been around?
HitPredictor is owned and operated by iHeartMedia Inc. It was launched in 2009 with the intention of having ordinary folks rate new music to make a difference and influence record companies and radio stations.
Is registration free?
Signing up is free, with no maintenance fees. You simply have to create a username and password.
Does it pay well?
It’s simple enough to earn points on HitPredictor - you listen to music, review it, and earn gift cards or the chance to win at a raffle. Each song you listen to earns you three points. You have to listen to the duration of the song before you can rate it via a drop-down menu, with the choices of:
- I love it!
- I like it
- It’s okay
- I don’t like it
- I hate it!
The week’s “big winners” are announced regularly on the site’s Facebook page. The posts list the usernames of the winners, and a quick scroll showed me that most choose to redeem Amazon gift cards, though there’s also the occasional raffle winner.
What are the best ways to earn from HitPredictor?
Now let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. Earning anywhere between three to five points won’t get you a reward fast. For most of the prizes (CDs and DVDs) available, around 1250 points are needed. Even entering the raffle for iTunes gift cards requires at least 500 points - something I doubt you can accomplish by rating around ten songs on top of answering several polls per day. I’m not saying you won’t be rewarded, because as the Facebook posts indicate, people do eventually end up redeeming their points for prizes and even winning the raffle, but it seems like you’re going to have to commit yourself fully to this task to be able to see some sort of return for your efforts.
Thankfully, there’s a referral program in place at HitPredictor, especially since it takes quite a while to rack up enough points to redeem them for the prizes you like. Each referral you make who ends up rating five songs and above can earn you 25 points right away, provided they do it within a month of signing up. So at least for me, this is the best way to earn some passive income from this site.
If you truly are a music lover and don’t mind NOT getting paid in cash to “influence” the way new music is digested by the general public, then I don’t see why you can’t give HitPredictor a try. Oh, you also will have to wait for quite some time in order to redeem your points for the prizes they offer or even get a chance to enter the raffle.
It’s just too bad because I actually like the entire premise of the site, which is fresh and creative, compared to other GPT sites. I guess what I’m saying is, you really, really, REALLY have to love music to give this one a go without giving rewards and earning something a second thought.
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Do you love music enough to want to become an influencer of the music industry in your own way? Given my personal take on HitPredictor, is it something you’re willing to try, or give a pass? Share your thoughts below!