Published: Mon, March 18, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

MySpace lost more than a decade's worth of music

MySpace lost more than a decade's worth of music

Aside from being one of the first big social media sites, Myspace gave users the ability to upload and share music on the site, which made it a useful platform for up-and-coming musicians.

MySpace has come in for widespread criticism after they admitted to losing over 12 years worth of music, images and videos uploaded to the site between 2003 and 2015.

In an email to a concerned MySpace user, the Data Privacy Officer for the site confirmed that "Due to a server migration files were corrupted and unable to be transferred over to our updated site".

The data loss followed a server migration, with the company admitting the loss on its website admitting that "any photos, videos and audio files" more than three years old are probably gone for good. At least 50 million songs were uploaded by 14 million artists over the period.

In 2006 it was the most visited site in the United States - beating Google.

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MySpace is probably a distant memory for internet users today and a complete unknown to younger generations, but for a time it was the place to be online.

"We apologise for the inconvenience and suggest that you retain your back up copies", it continues.

"I'm deeply skeptical this was an accident".

Yep, you read that right: the site that was once famous for being the social media starting point for up-and-coming artists has apparently lost a massive amount of their content. Flagrant incompetence may be bad PR, but it still sounds better than 'we can't be bothered with the effort and cost of migrating and hosting 50 million old MP3s, ' " Baio noted.

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