News

MySpace Admits to Losing Over a Decade’s Worth of User Music

Myspace screenshot

The platform reportedly lost roughly 50 million songs uploaded between 2003 and 2015.

MySpace, one of the first social media networks, recently apologized for losing data following a service migration.

The platform, lost 50 million songs uploaded between 2003 and 2015, along with photos, and videos. A message on its website stated that “any photos, videos and audio files” uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available.

READ: Watch The O’Jays Hilariously Critique Music From Cardi B, Travis Scott, Lil Baby & More

According to a report in the BBC, several months ago, users made complaints about defunct links to music.

“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 company announced in a statement, adding, “We apologize for the inconvenience.” The post also included the email address of its data protection officer Dr Jana Jentzsch.

During its early aughts, MySpace’s success was largely due to its use by musicians and fans and has since been used as an archive of sorts.

Andy Baio, who helped build the crowd-funding site Kickstarter, tweeted that the loss could amount to some 50 million tracks by 14 million artists over that 12-year period and questioned whether it was accidental.

MySpace was founded in 2003 and was ranked the most visited site in the US, beating Google in 2006. It was later bought by NewsCorp in 2005 for $580m. In 2011, it was sold to ad targeting firm Specific Media for $35m.

 

 

Ivie Ani

Ivie is a Nigerian-American, native New Yorker, and journalist covering culture. Usually on-air, on deadline, and on point. @ivieani

Share
Published by
Ivie Ani

Recent Posts

Female Rap Dominated TikTok In 2022

Lizzo, Ice Spice, Muni Long and GloRilla all used TikTok to build their respective fanbases,… Read More

December 6, 2022

Fat Joe Blames Unreleased JAY-Z Collaboration on Issue With the NFL

While promoting The Book of Jose, Fat Joe told GQ that his unreleased collab with… Read More

December 6, 2022

Allen Iverson Talks About the Time He Had to Explain His “Terrible Rap Album” to Ex-NBA Commissioner David Stern

While on Kevin Hart's Cold As Balls, Allen Iverson spoke on late NBA commissioner David Stern… Read More

December 5, 2022

SZA’s New Album ‘S.O.S.’ Will Feature Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Travis Scott & More

SZA has dropped the tracklist for her upcoming album, S.O.S. SZA has finally revealed the… Read More

December 5, 2022

Ice Cube Wants to Regain Ownership of ‘Friday’ Franchise From Warner Bros.

While on podcast Hotboxin' With Mike Tyson, rapper and business mogul Ice Cube spoke about… Read More

December 5, 2022

Best Hip-Hop Videos To Drop Last Week: Westside Gunn, Black Star, Latto & More

Last week video releases from Metro Boomin, Westside Gunn, Latto, and GloRilla were revealed. Westside… Read More

December 5, 2022