As if the Pandora.com phenomenon wasn’t annoying enough–really, what kind of lazy music fan needs a computer program to tell them that Elastica sounds like Wire?–Yeti Don’t Dance discovers that music bloggers can now get paid to shill for the site via CREAMaid, which sounds like a concert benefit for dairy farmers, but is actually a pay-to-post PR-scam.
Here’s how it works: Sign up with CREAMaid, and you get $5 for mentioning the awesomeness of Pandora (you can also get money for dropping such obscure underground brand names as McDonald’s or Heineken). The site has a few “examples” of compensated Pandora fans, but they all appear to be splogs. That said, we’ll be keeping an eye out for sites that blatantly use post entries to promote their sponsors.
By the way, have we mentioned how much these new Volkswagen V-Dubs rock?
Pandora Astroturfing for $5 [Yeti Don't Dance]