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MySpace has lost years of user uploaded music

“We apologize for the inconvenience caused and suggest that you keep your backup copies,” the site explained in a post.

March 18, 2019 – 4:09 p.m.

People old enough to remember the early days of social media will remember a time when the MySpace networking platform was the first destination on the Internet, even bigger than Facebook and Google. In fact, there was once a thing called the ‘MySpace Generation’, which helped launch the careers of artists, including Lily allen and Arctic monkeys.

Indeed, for a while, MySpace functioned as a platform for up-and-coming musicians to upload songs, where fans could then go and discover them organically, without any industry middleman. But now, in a sad erasure of digital memories, a MySpace “server migration” has resulted in massive and unrecoverable data loss.

“As a result of a server migration project, all the photos, videos and audio files you uploaded over three years ago may no longer be available on or from Myspace,” the site informed its users with a banner post on March 18, as reported by The Guardian. “We apologize for the inconvenience caused and suggest that you keep your backup copies. If you would like more information, please contact our Data Protection Officer.”

Rumors and reports of downloads that were no longer available have been circulating for over a year, and Ars Technica summarized some of the support messages that helped users know if their “content is no longer available and cannot be retrieved”.

Despite its questionable insignificance in today’s social media and music discovery arena, MySpace was at one point home to over 14 million musicians, who have uploaded over 50 million tracks, all of which have been lost. (Unless they supported their work, which we sincerely hope they did.)

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