MySpace Has Lost Every Song Uploaded Between 2003-15

Brenda Watkins
March 18, 2019

Although it's now a relic from a different era, MySpace was once the king of all social networks and a launchpad for countless musical projects including Arctic Monkeys and Lily Allen. A statement from the social media site blamed a "server migration" for the loss of audio files belonging to over 14 million artists.

MySpace has come in for widespread criticism after they admitted to losing over 12 years worth of music, images and videos uploaded to the site between 2003 and 2015. We apologise for the inconvenience and suggest that you retain your back-up copies.

A large part of MySpace's mid-2000s success was based off its use by musicians and music fans. Artists such as Lily Allen emerged via MySpace in the early 2000s and, briefly in 2006, it was the most visited website in the United States - but was rapidly eclipsed by the rise of Facebook. Shortly after being purchased by Newscorp for $580 million in 2005, Myspace saw its biggest boom, only to be overtaken by Facebook, beginning a massive downfall before being sold for just $35 million in 2011.

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Andy Baio, one of the people behind Kickstarter, tweeted that it could mean millions of songs uploaded between the site's August 1, 2003 launch and 2015 are gone for good.

Users on discussion website Reddit have complained about being unable to play music on Myspace for some time.

"I'm deeply skeptical this was an accident". "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, '" Baio tweeted.

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