MySpace Losses 12 Years Worth Of Music
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Tom Anderson was my first online friend and probably yours too. Unfortunately, after reading this headline, I was hoping and anticipating to hear that all data prior to 2015 was completely wiped out and there would be no trace of my ridiculous posts from circa 2008. Not the case.
What happened? Yesterday MySpace accidentally deleted 12 years’ worth of content. As reported by the NYT, “Many publications estimated that as many as 53M songs from 14M artists were affected by the data loss, but it wasn’t clear how much of that music was uploaded by users. When MySpace rebooted in 2013, it boasted a library of 52M songs thanks to deals with labels and uploads from users.” My Space once held the biggest library in digital music and was the largest social media platform in the world. At its peak it had 100M accounts.
MySpace was big in the 2000s pre-streaming music scene, helping major artists rise to stardom. The site even allowed users to have an artist’s song play when people visited their profile. I proudly chose “Best of You” by the Foo Fighters as my landing page theme song. I think I might still pick that song today.
MySpace claims the loss of the uploads was accidental. The company said in the statement, “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. We apologize for the inconvenience.”
I wonder what my old friend Tom thinks about that?