If you’ve been using the internet for a few good years, you may remember MySpace. It was one of the first social networks to succeed. Especially in the music business, where bands and other artists could advertise their work independently and publish their music that they reached their fans in a direct way.
There is a great suspicion that MySpace simply gave up hosting all this amount of data.
Many big bands still owe part of their fame to the exposure provided by MySpace. The platform, however, fell into disuse after a while. Even so, until about a year ago, it was possible to access the songs published on the platform. But from that time on, the links had stopped working. Now came the confirmation of what really happened. MySpace simply lost all the songs that were hosted on the platform between 2003 and 2015.
Dude, where’s my music?
According to Andy Baio, one of those responsible for the Kickstarter project site, about 50 million songs were lost from approximately 14 million artists, as well as photos, videos and other files, all of which were published during the first 12 years of MySpace.
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
An official note from the platform posted on the site itself confirmed that “as a result of a server migration project, all photos, videos and audio files submitted more than three years ago may no longer be available on Myspace.”
No further details were given on the issue, but there is a strong suspicion that MySpace simply gave up hosting all that data and got rid of it all without giving any kind of notice to users to back up that content.