Myspace confirms losing over 50 million songs uploaded between 2003-2015
Before Myspace became a social media relic eclipsed by Facebook and Twitter, it helped launch the careers of countless bands, from your friend’s high school emo band to Arctic Monkeys. And now the website has confirmed that it has lost over 50 million songs uploaded by 14 million artists between the years 2003 and 2015.
About a year ago, a commenter on the r/techsupport Reddit noted that Myspace’s player wasn’t playing songs, and mentioned that they emailed Myspace’s support and got a reply saying Myspace was working on it. More recently, Myspace replied to an email from another user saying “There is no way to recover the lost data.”
The news started to circulate yesterday after a Tweet from Andy Baio, one of the people behind Kickstarter. In an official statement, Myspace has now written, “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. We apologize for the inconvenience and suggest that you retain your back up copies. If you would like more information, please contact our Data Protection Officer, Dr. Jana Jentzsch at DPO@myspace.com.”
Myspace may have been losing relevancy, but this still serves as a good reminder as we move more and more towards a streaming-driven music world: make sure you back up the music you create and love!