MySpace loses all music uploaded between 2003 to 2015 after server migration

Carla Harmon
March 18, 2019

Why it matters: Before Facebook, the social network scene was dominated by one name: MySpace.

A statement at the top of Myspace's current homepage reads, "As a result of a server migration project, any photos, videos, and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available on or from Myspace". Last year, in a thread on r/techsupport pointing out that the Myspace player no longer functioned, a Reddit user posted an email response from Myspace stating, "Due to a server migration files were corrupted and unable to be transferred to our updated site".

Myspace has admitted to losing a total of 50 million songs that were uploaded to the social media platform between 2003-2015. At least 50 million songs were uploaded by 14 million artists over the period. "We apologize for the inconvenience and suggest that you retain your back up copies". "I'm deeply sceptical this was an accident", wrote the web expert Andy Baio. Artists such as Lily Allen emerged via MySpace in the early 2000s and, briefly in 2006, it was the most visited website in the USA - but was rapidly eclipsed by the rise of Facebook.

Even so, the site still has some die-hard users, such as Kenneth Scalir, who told the Guardian in 2018: "Myspace is such a huge part of my life".

That same year, MySpace was acquired by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation for $580 million, and the 100-millionth account was created in August 2006.

Andy Baio, one of the people behind Kickstarter, tweeted that it could mean millions of songs uploaded between the site's August 1, 2003 launch and 2015 are gone for good.

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