About Your Privacy on this Site
Welcome! To bring you the best content on our sites and applications, Meredith partners with third party advertisers to serve digital ads, including personalized digital ads. Those advertisers use tracking technologies to collect information about your activity on our sites and applications and across the Internet and your other apps and devices.
You always have the choice to experience our sites without personalized advertising based on your web browsing activity by visiting the DAA’s Consumer Choice page, the NAI's website, and/or the EU online choices page, from each of your browsers or devices. To avoid personalized advertising based on your mobile app activity, you can install the DAA’s AppChoices app here. You can find much more information about your privacy choices in our privacy policy. Even if you choose not to have your activity tracked by third parties for advertising services, you will still see non-personalized ads on our sites and applications. By clicking continue below and using our sites or applications, you agree that we and our third party advertisers can:
  • transfer your data to the United States or other countries; and
  • process and share your data so that we and third parties may serve you with personalized ads, subject to your choices as described above and in our privacy policy.
Entertainment Weekly

Music

Myspace lost everything uploaded before 2016, including 50 million songs

Shutterstock

Posted on

People of a certain age will remember being warned of the internet’s horrible permanence as kids, warned to be extra-careful what they posted, because it would be out there for everyone to see for all eternity. And those same people of a certain age will remember the halcyon days before Facebook and Twitter, when the biggest name in the social networking game was Myspace. Chances are, plenty of those people have embarrassing photos and videos they posted to the site that they wish would disappear forever.

Well, those people got their wish. Myspace has lost all content posted to the site before 2016, including more than 50 million songs by 14 million different artists, as well as untold millions of photos and videos. The company attributed the loss to a server migration gone wrong.

“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 said in a statement. “We apologize for the inconvenience.”

Myspace (which, like EW, is owned by Meredith Corporation) was instrumental in the 2000s music scene, helping launch the careers of such artists as Owl City, Lily Allen, Calvin Harris, and Arctic Monkeys. Users began reporting problems accessing music on the site a year ago, but the loss of the content was not confirmed until now. Myspace apparently had no backups of the content, according to The Guardian.

Tech writer Andy Baio questioned the company’s explanation on Twitter, noting, “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.’”

Myspace launched in 2003 and became the most visited website in the U.S. in 2006. Its popularity waned following the rise of Facebook, which surpassed it as the most popular social network in 2008. The site currently ranks around number 2,000 in terms of U.S. web traffic. Still, Myspace retained a number of devoted users, many of whom used the site to follow musicians.

Representatives for Myspace have not responded to EW’s request for comment.

Related content:

Outbrain

Tags