Social networking company Myspace has apologized for apparently losing 12 years’ worth of music uploaded to its site, following a server migration error — a loss potentially amounting to 50 million songs.
The Los Angeles-based company, which was once a leading music-sharing platform, announced that content uploaded to its site from its inception in 2003 up until 2015 may no longer be accessible.”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,” the company said in a statement on its website. “We apologize for the inconvenience.”Myspace was the most popular social media site between 2005 and 2008, before Facebook overtook it.
The site is credited with helping launch the careers of numerous artists, including Kate Nash.The site is credited with helping launch the careers of numerous international artists, including Kate Nash, Arctic Monkeys and Calvin Harris, who were discovered on the platform.It has nevertheless been in decline for years, failing to compete with other leading social media and music-sharing platforms including Facebook and YouTube, despite multiple redesigns of the site.
In 2009, the platform employed approximately 1,600 people. It now has a staff of 150, according to the company website.Andy Baio, a tech expert and former chief technology officer of crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, warned that the music of up to 14 million artists may have been lost. The exact number of tracks lost has yet to be confirmed.
Myspace accidentally lost all the music uploaded from its first 12 years in a server migration, losing over 50 million songs from 14 million artists. https://t.co/OyKB5Dxtw9— Andy Baio (@waxpancake) March 18, 2019
“Myspace accidentally lost all the music uploaded from its first 12 years in a server migration, losing over 50 million songs from 14 million artists,”Baio wrote on Twitter.
Steven Battelle, the former lead vocalist of British rock band LostAlone, expressed sadness at the data loss and said the platform played a pivotal role in the establishment of his group.”This makes me really sad, so much of the start of my band came from the exposure and community Mspace had,” he wrote on Twitter. “I still think it was the best platform for artists / bands. Just music and people who loved the music commenting on it.”Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation bought Myspace in 2005 for $580 million. In 2011, it was sold to digital ad company Specific Media for just $35 million.
I'm deeply skeptical this was an accident. 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."— Andy Baio (@waxpancake) March 18, 2019
The social networking site — once the biggest thing on the internet and the mother of all social media — has admitted to permanently losing all content uploaded to the site before 2015, in a server migration mishap.
It turns out this mass erasure of online memories actually took place more than a year ago, but Myspace has managed to keep it quiet until now.
After reports of lost data grew on Reddit over the past 12 months, Myspace moved to put a short statement at the top of its front page on Monday reading “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”.
It’s difficult to know exactly how much content has been lost, but estimations put it at more that 50 million songs by 14 million artists.
Founded in 2003, Myspace rose to international prominence in a flash but faded away just as quickly, mostly due to the all-encompassing arrival of Facebook.
The breach forced the Australian Federal Police to issue a statement urging people to delete their old accounts.