MySpace lost 12 years of user content

18 March, 2019, 19:25 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • RA News: Myspace loses 12 years worth of music

Despite waning popularity, Myspace has continued to exist as a music-focused social network for new and established musicians.

Decaying social network MySpace announced today in a message posted on its website that it lost nearly 13 years worth of user files after a botched server migration operation.

"As a result of a server migration project, any photos, videos, and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available on or from MySpace", the firm said in a statement.

The announcement follows months of complaints from users who found issues when trying to access music uploaded between 2003 and 2015.

Over 50 million uploaded pieces of music have been deleted from Myspace. "I'm deeply sceptical this was an accident", wrote the web expert Andy Baio.


But that might have been erased, along with some 50 million songs.

Myspace was the dominant social media platform in the late 2000s and became a de facto music hosting platform for many artists and labels. In 2006, it was the second most visited site in the US, second only to Google.

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. The first version was implemented using Macromedia (later Adobe) ColdFusion.

MySpace was bought by NewsCorp in 2005 for $580m (£437m). In May 2016, 360 million Myspace accounts were offered for sale on a dark web market after a massive data breach-which likely occurred years earlier-exposed email addresses, usernames and passwords.

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