MySpace Loses 12 Years of Music

MySpace Loses 12 Years of Music

Aside from being one of the first big social media sites, Myspace gave users the ability to upload and share music on the site, which made it a useful platform for up-and-coming musicians. In 2005, MySpace held talks with Mark Zuckerberg over acquiring Facebook, but wouldn't meet Zuckerberg's $75m price. 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".

Some are skeptical over Myspace's official statement, believing the site simply didn't want to complete the undertaking of moving millions of files to a new server.

The exact number of tracks lost is unclear but people still using the site fear breakout tracks from artists in their early years have been lost forever.

That's right, the platform had more than 50 million songs from 14 million artists, and the company confirmed it's all gone. We apologise for the inconvenience and suggest that you retain your back-up copies. "If you would like more information, please contact our Data Protection Officer at [email protected]".

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And remember that time when you couldn't go to anyone's MySpace profile without NeverShoutNever's "Trouble" automatically playing?

Former Kickstarter CTO Andy Baio voiced skepticism regarding the data loss, arguing it's likely Myspace deleted older files intentionally, rather than accidentally.

"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"." he wrote.