Published: Mon, March 18, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

MySpace loses all music uploaded between 2003 to 2015 after server migration

MySpace loses all music uploaded between 2003 to 2015 after server migration

MySpace, which was once the most trafficked website on the internet, has admitted that some 50 million user-uploaded songs as well as other files have been lost due to a server malfunction.

Myspace was launched in 2003 by Thomas Anderson and Chris DeWolfe, becoming the largest social networking site in the world in the late 2000s after being acquired by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation in 2005.

That's right, the platform had more than 50 million songs from 14 million artists, and the company confirmed it's all gone.

In an announcement to users, the Californian company said: "Any photos, videos and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available", following a server migration.

Why it matters: Before Facebook, the social network scene was dominated by one name: MySpace.

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MySpace is probably a distant memory for internet users today and a complete unknown to younger generations, but for a time it was the place to be online.

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. We apologise for the inconvenience and suggest that you retain your back-up copies.

What do you think of MySpace losing all of that music? "I'm deeply sceptical this was an accident", wrote the web expert Andy Baio.

MySpace was founded in August 2003 by a number of former staff of Friendster. "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 50m old MP3s'".

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