Slice The Pie Review – The Definitive Australian Guide
Updated 26 July 2023
We reveal how much you can earn from working for Slice The Pie’s music-focused platform, who they’re looking for and what’s involved.
Warning: Slice The Pie pays around 30 to 40 cents an hour, and many users have raised issues getting paid. This is based on the requirement to listen to each song for 90 seconds, whereby you’ll be paid 1 cent. There are also problems with completing surveys; the website has bugs and you can spend countless minutes trying to earn 1-2 cents. Our research suggests it will take 25-40 hours to earn a US$10 (AU$15) reward, whereby you will have reviewed 1,000+ songs. For these reasons we suggest caution about joining Slice The Pie – as an alternative, please consider trusted survey sites as outlined in our guide.
Our review covers the following:
- What is Slice the Pie, and is it Legitimate?
- Earning and Redeeming Rewards
- Pros and Cons
- Frequently Asked Questions
What is Slice the Pie, and is it Legitimate?
- Slice the Pie is a music-specific research and survey site where users are asked to review and critique music tracks. Unlike other platforms like Ipsos iSay and Opinion World, Slice the Pie only offers music reviews.
- Slice the Pie is UK-based and has operated since 2007 with a simple mission – “to pay you to write reviews on new songs, fashion items, accessories and commercials before they are released”.
- Despite not being as well known as local-themed survey sites, we estimate thousands of Australians sign up to Slice the Pie every year; we have published this review to bring transparency to how the platform works and the limitations.
- We noticed that the company behind Slice the Pie was placed in administration (suggesting it has run out of money) on 25 July 2023 per its company filings. For this reason, we suggest holding off from signing up in case rewards you earn are voided if and when the site goes online.
- There are numerous negative reviews online about the Slice the Pie platform, and we have listed a summary of the issues in our Pros and Cons section below.
How Do I Sign Up?
if you want to proceed, please do knowing that, at best the earning opportunities are poor and, at worst, the website may go offline if the company operating it can’t be rescued. Signing up for Slice the Pie is a straightforward process – you can follow the process here. Once completed, you’ll be able to see the dashboard and the music reviews available.
MoneyHub Head of Research Christopher Walsh walks through Slice the Pie’s sign-up process in the video below:
Earning and Redeeming Rewards
There is nothing complicated – each song review pays 1 cent and takes at least two minutes (90 seconds listening time plus feedback time). You’ll need to give specific feedback on each song (for example, guitars too loud, strings come on too late, vocals need remixing etc), and once your comments are accepted, you’ll have 1 cent credited to your account.
Know This: Slice the Pie’s site has bugs, and completing reviews takes a long time. If you have any comments on this matter (or anything else to do with the platform), please contact our research team.
What Can I Earn?
- As outlined above, 1 review = 1 cent. You’ll need to complete 1,000 reviews to earn the minimum PayPal payment threshold of US$10 (around AU$15).
- We estimate it will take around two minutes, so you’ll need to spend 2,000 minutes (or 33 hours) to earn US$10. Is means that you’ll be earning around 45 cents an hour.
- We consider Slice the Pie to be a poor earning opportunity.
Pros and Cons
Slice the Pie is arguably a waste of time, as we outline below:
- Continuous opportunities: There are a wide variety of music to review, with numerous surveys appearing daily.
- Clear and straightforward earning system: There are no tricks or complexity; every time you complete a music review, you’ll earn 1 cent.
- Low threshold for pay outs: US$10 is the minimum, but this will take you around 33 hours of work to earn.
- Poor value for time invested: You’ll earn around 45 cents an hour, which is by the lowest return on investment from all the survey sites we review.
- The company that operates Slice the Pie is now trading in administration: The website may, if a restructure isn’t successful, go offline, which risks all future payments.
Over 70% of Slice the Pie’s online feedback is positive, but around 30% negative feedback is notable, and we summarise it below to give further insights into the plartform. Please note the reviews we inspected are international; we cannot isolate Australian-specific feedback but have not come across anything problematic in our research. The general negative experiences are as follows:
- Low payment for time spent: Many users have mentioned that the remuneration is not worth the time spent reviewing. They have criticized the payment rates as extremely low, with several instances of compensation as low as $0.01 for 1.5-2 minutes of their time.
- Account lock issues: Multiple users have complained that their accounts were locked after accumulating a certain amount of money, often $10, and attempting to withdraw it. The reason given by the platform is that the users were accessing the site through a proxy server associated with fraudulent activity, an accusation the users vehemently deny.
- Randomness and lack of quality control: Several users have detailed how the website is unstructured and random, with no apparent quality control for what gets reviewed. Users have had to review various material, from silence to random noises and poorly produced music.
- Poor customer service and unprofessional behaviour: Several users have reported poor customer service, unprofessional behaviour, and a lack of customer loyalty. Some users mentioned they completed numerous tasks but were refused payment upon attempting to withdraw their earnings. Complaints raised by these users have reportedly remained unresolved.
- Technical issues and poor website design: Users have pointed out various technical glitches and poor design elements in the website. Some found accessing certain menu options in certain browsers impossible and encountered difficulties while submitting reviews.
- Allegations of scam and fraudulent activity: Almost all users reporting negative experiences have alleged that the site is a scam, with numerous complaints about not being paid for their work, accounts being locked, and earnings being withheld. There have also been allegations of discriminatory practices against users with dyslexia. There have been complaints about brand reviews, with users finding them pointless and stating that they don’t pay as well as expected.
In conclusion, these reviews generally portray Slice the Pie as unreliable, with several issues, including low payment rates, account lock issues, lack of quality control, poor customer service, technical glitches, alleged scam activities, inconsistent review guidelines, and unfair treatment of reviewers, among other issues. For these reasons and the platform’s poor user experience/interface, the estimated 45 cents/hour earning rate, and general mind-numbing tasks, we suggest that users avoid Slice the Pie altogether.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often can I review music?
The number of tracks appears near-endless, but it’s more likely you’ll get tired of the review process before running out of music to review.
How long does it take to receive PayPal transfers?
The processing time for PayPal can vary, but our research suggests you’ll receive payment within 1-3 days of requesting it.
What types of surveys can I expect on Slice the Pie?
It’s 100% music reviews, and the payment is fixed at 1 cent.
How long does each music review typically take to complete?
Our research suggests around two minutes.
Can I participate in surveys on mobile devices?
Yes – Slice the Pie is accessible on multiple devices, including smartphones and tablets. This means you can take surveys at your convenience, whether at home or on the go.
- Slice the Pie is probably best avoided unless you want to earn around 45 cents an hour and risk not being able to cash in your reward later on.
- Slice the Pie is music-specific, so it won’t appeal to everyone, and our experience is that it’s filled with bugs that make completing a survey hard work, arguably the most convoluted way to earn 1 cent.
- We suggest reviewing our list of trusted survey sites for options that don’t waste your time.