Appen Connect Echo Music Search Project


Echo Music Search Project Overview

This time I would like to tell you about a new recently launched project at Appen Connect. I started on the project a month ago, and so far I think this project is one of the most interesting projects because it has to do with evaluation of music at iTunes! Yes, Apple also decided to work on improving of search relevancy of their services, and I think we can expect lots of new Apple projects being added at Appen Connect. 

This new project is code named Echo. The nature of the work is to evaluate an iTunes user query, and the relevance of the resulting content based on the specific artist, album, song, or playlist. Like the Yukon project, this music search project has more or less the same evaluation scale and rating logic: (Fully Met vs Navigational, Highly Met vs Excellent etc.) However, some rating rules are specific and unique for this project. 

So far I have been working on this project for about 1 month, and I really enjoy it. Besides making decent money, I expanded my favorite song list significantly. The working process is easy going and fairly smooth at around the 1-month mark, and not much intelligent effort is required. But before achieving this level of work flow, raters will have to carefully read and understand the 20 page guidelines. In order to develop a deep understanding of rating concepts, and deliver a high quality level of service, you need to thoroughly understand these guidelines. As with any Appen  project, in order to be successful in the project, high quality output is required. As for the technical process, Apple has developed for its raters a very convenient tool called ‘baseline’. This tool is an integrated tool on a website from where raters perform their evaluation. This tool is convenient and user friendly, and simple to learn to use.

Many of my readers will be interested in how to be invited to this project. Appen offers a lot of different types of projects that you are able to work on. Unfortunately, is not likely that you would be contracted to start on the Echo music project from the beginning if you are hired by Appen. You would be more likely to start on a larger project first such FalconInstaAds or the Arrow project. Once you have started working at Appen, and you are on Facebook project, like any of the social media projects that they offer, you will likely get an invitation to come aboard and start on other projects including the Echo Music Search Project.

Project Requirements:

  • You must hold an Apple ID, or willing to obtain one
  • You must own an Apple Device.
  • You must be available 5 days a week and for 
  • Max 20 hours per week
Echo project Qualification

Prior to starting production, Appen requires that candidates go through Echo Qualification which is a 30 question quiz, real tasks which have to be evaluated in terms of query vs result, in which you will be given a music search query, and the result generated by iTunes. The passing score for this test is 70%.

If you are not confident with going through the qualification quiz you may request my assistance via contact me channels.

Production and payment

Payment is made per hour of work and pay rate is different for each market.

  • This is a long term project, your daily limit is up to 4 hours a day, 5 days a week (includes weekends). 
  • Expected RPH is 60 tasks per hour. But because this is the initial wave of the project, Appen wants raters to value Quality over RPH until the project progresses. 

As per Appen project requirement raters are allowed to work 20 hours per week max, or a max of 30 hours in total if raters work on other Appen projects. Raters cannot exceed 30 hours per week working on 2 different projects at Appen. On average you can make about $390-$405 per week at the average rate of $13.50 per hour. If you are interested in working on several projects at once, then this article is a must read: 

Payoneer As a Payment Method for Appen, Raterlabs, Lionbridge and Utest – How to Get Rewarded with 25$?

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In fact there are lots of different cool and legitimate projects and opportunities to make money online. I will continue sharing my experience with my readers, I’ve got an upcoming article on another project called – Maps Analyst, which also is going under Apple Map service, there is another cool translation and localization project at Netflix, available worldwide in many countries, so continue reading my blog to get valuable tips and insights!


56 thoughts on “Appen Connect Echo Music Search Project

  1. Thank you a lot for your article. I would like to know if this project is available for Egyptians (I am an Egyptian and live in Egypt)

    Thank you again

    Best wishes Shayma

    On 16 July 2017 at 18:30, Work-at-Home and Freelance Jobs for the World

  2. Sounds like another interesting job avenue with Appen, however, working on a contract basis is not going to be what I am looking for (as far as working from home) due to the tax ramifications. Been there, done this many years ago and it was a thorn in my side. Though, the info you continue to pass along is definitely welcoming.

  3. Hi , any info about this project about how many hours per week , if is there enough batch every day and how much it will stand ? Months , years , endless like Yukon etc ?

    1. The volume of tasks depends on locale, when I worked on this project 1 year ago, there were many days when no tasks available, but since then the situation might changed.

  4. and are you still on this project or it has ended? in your experience did you have made 4 hours per day usually or it was very rare? i would need to buy one apple device, ipad or iphone so.. i want to figure how many work i will have more or less (i know it depends by locale but reading your experience helps a lot)

    1. In fact you do not any device for this project, you need Apple ID, rating is done on desktop. As far I remember there were days with lots of tasks and weeks with no tasks available, it might be the situation with tasks availability changed since then.

  5. oh thanks God you told me… so there is no need of ipad or iphone.. just apple id and i can work on desktop? but they answer for update ios 12 on the project info..

    1. I do know why they asked for ios 12 but their rating platform works on Windows PC, you will need Apple ID for accessing the rating platform.

    1. It depends on internal project processes, if the quota for raters is full, successful candidates should wait when the vendor fires unsuccessful raters.

    1. Hi! Could you please also help me? I already tried the 1st trial, and did my best, really studied the guidelines, but failed…. My Telegram is MarieLlds

  6. Tim, do you know how many time have as duration this project? 6 month or don’t know?

    1. I know this project since 2014, raters who a re able to demonstrate stable level of rating service may stay in the project for a long time (years).

      1. Hello Allen!

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        I have some work opportunity for you. Let me know if you are intrested.

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  7. Hello!! How are you? Thank you for your article, very helpful. I did the qualification exam and I’ve failed 🙁 The main objective is to evaluate if the result of the google query and the itunes query are the same?

    1. The main purpose of the project is to evaluate the query issued by users in iTunes and music search results generated by iTunes system.

  8. Hello Tim, Hope you are doing well. I’m from india and the working on Nile project now and thinking to apply for echo project now. The rates per hour with the project still the same and how much they pay for indians. Is it still good to go for this project? Thanks

  9. Hi! Could you please help me? I already tried the 1st trial, and did my best, really studied the guidelines, but failed

  10. Hello, I did the test to echo, but do not pass, besides the metrics are not available, you could help me. maybe you can pass the metrics, thanks.

      1. Thank you very much Tim! I tried the first quiz but didn’t pass. Do you know someone tha can help me with the quiz? Thank you again for your help!

  11. Hello Tim!
    I’ve just finished the Echo test and was notified almost immediately that i didn’t pass the qualification process.
    Is there a way to retake the test or reapply for this project?

    1. Hello, normally all candidates are allowed to retake this quiz, have you got this option?

  12. Your article is very helpful and thank you for sharing. I have recently failed my Java test, does Appen allow second time retakes for this project? Please can you help with the project as Appen does not let you know where you have failed. Thank you and I look forward to your reply.


    1. I’m in process for complete the test, I guess they will give u a second chance, you can email them to ask, someone here did it already.

    2. Hello, as far as I know, only the following projects are eligible for retake: Yukon, Shasta, and in very rare cases Echo.

  13. I just applied and did the qualification for Echo but did not pass, got emailed like 5 minutes after I was done. And it looks like I will not be able to re-take it which makes me very sad. I’m also on 11 project qualifications but still nothing. Any idea if there’s any work coming up?

  14. are the projects for Iphone can be given in Indonesia. Because I am wondering to add iOS (curently only Android) to my device to get more projects coming to me, and I live in Indonesia. Is it worth it ?

  15. Hello. I am wondering to add my device (currently Android, want to add iOS) to get more project coming to me. I am living in Indonesia and already hold 2 projects. If I add iOS device can there still be a chance that I get Appen’s project for Apple ? Thank you.

    1. Hello, yes there is a chance that new projects will be added to your current list of available projects in your locale.

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