MySpace admits losing 12 years' worth of music uploads



"We apologise for the inconvenience and suggest that you retain your back up copies", it continues. A spokesperson for Meredith didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Many musicians used to rely on Myspace to spread their music, and over the years it hosted 53 million songs from 14.2 million artists.

One Twitter user wrote, "This just reminded me that the hardcore band from western KY that I loved in 2008 existed nearly exclusively on Myspace and now I'm really sad".

Errors in accessing old user files were first noticed past year, in February, when users complained on Reddit about not being able to access their older data.

"I emailed their support, and got this".

'There is an issue with all songs/videos uploaded over 3 years ago.

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"Until this is resolved the option to download is not available".

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.

This corrupted data represents a significant loss for music history: As Andy Baio, the first chief technical officer of Kickstarter, noted, "MySpace was the Bandcamp and Soundcloud of its day. 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". News Corp. considered acquiring Yahoo and merging it with MySpace but eventually dropped those plans. In 2011, it was sold to digital ad company Specific Media for just $35 million.

Yep, you read that right: the site that was once famous for being the social media starting point for up-and-coming artists has apparently lost a massive amount of their content.

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