Yes, You Can Make Money with Music Xray. Just Not Quickly.
But it’s still worth it and here’s why. MusicXray is a cool site which focuses on music and only music. The goal of this site is to help undiscovered artists gain exposure and perhaps even score a music contract by bringing them together with industry professionals and fans. This intersection is where the opportunity lies for people who like to listen to music and want to make money online. MuicXray is extremely low effort, but it isn’t a way to make money fast. You can probably earn $5-$10 per month on this site ($60-$120 a year) which is not bad considering all you are doing is listening to a few songs and checking off whether or not you like them. It’s also fun. You get to listen to new music and support the musicians you like!
How Do You Make Money?
Music Xray is so simple because literally all you do is listen to a song and indicate whether or not you like it. That’s it! Couldn’t be any simpler than that, right? For more information on exactly how it works, read this post.
Who is Eligible to Join?
Residents of the United States are eligible to join, and while their site does not explicitly state which, if any other countries are eligible to participate, when completing your profile, a drop down menu of a long list of countries appears, suggesting that residents of those countries are eligible to join as well. If anyone has any specific information, let me know!
As far as age, the website’s terms of service states that users must, “… affirm that they are either more than 18 years of age, or an emancipated minor, or possess legal parental or guardian consent, and are fully able and competent to enter into the terms, conditions, obligations, affirmations, representations, and warranties set forth in these Terms of Service, and to abide by and comply with these Terms of Service. In any case, you affirm that you are over the age of 13, as the MusicXray Website is not intended for children under 13. If you are under 13 years of age, then please do not use the MusicXray Websites.” The 13-18 age range may present a payment complication. See my post about how exactly you earn money online with MusicXray for more information.
What’s the Sign-Up Process Like?
It’s free to sign up. You can gain immediate access with Facebook, or you can join by using an email account, but you do have to connect with a Facebook account. Below is a screenshot of what the first step of the registration process looks like.
As you can see from the screenshot above you can choose one of three options: fan, artist, or industry professional. Select “fan.” If any of the other categories apply to you and you are interested, you can set up separate accounts. Only one count per category allowed. One you select “fan,” you will be asked to link to your Facebook page.
You will then be taken to your profile page which asks for the standard information like name and address. This information needs to be accurate as payment is made through Paypal and the information you provide to MusicXray needs to match. MusicXray also asks for a date of birth. I did not provide my real birth date. I’m sure they use it for data collection purposes like what age range and what gender likes what music, but as far as I am concerned, there is no reason they need my real birthday. You will then select music genres that you prefer, and artists you really like. This is supposed to be used to send music tracks your way to rate.
Once your profile is completed you’re all set. Music will show up in your account inbox (you’ll also receive email notifications at the address supplied when joining) when available. All you do is listen to the song and check off whether or not you like the song.
How Much do You Earn Per Song?
For every song you rate you will earn a whopping ten cents. Yep. A dime. Now remember, I did say that you could earn $5 – $10 a month. That amounts to listening to one or two songs a day on average. It’s not so bad when you look at it this way and consider that all you do is listen for half a minute and check off a box. The challenge is that songs are sent sporadically so there is no guaranteed number of songs that you can rate each day. For instance, my first three days I received two songs at ten cents each. The next day I received four songs, the day after that I received eight songs, and the day after that, one song and so on. It’s adding up, but as you can see it’s definitely not a way to make money fast.
You can cash out once you hit the $20 mark. Paypal is the only redemption method. So that’s about it. Music Xray keeps me in free Starbucks. 🙂 Let me know if you have tried it.