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MySpace Loses 50 Million Songs During Server Migration

The social network lost all of its music files from 2003 to 2015.


MySpace was once the largest social networking site in the world. Though not as popular as it once was, it is still a place for nostalgic music files, or at least it was. MySpace recently reported that it has lost 50 million mp3s that were uploaded from its inception in 2003 to 2015.  

Losing the Rhythm

What started as a social networking site for users to share photos, videos, and audio, soon evolved into a platform for musicians to hit it big. The site launched their own record label to discover talent, and the millions of songs came pouring in, before recently disappearing in transit.

Artists such as Owl City, Sean Kingston, Arctic Monkeys, and Ice Nine Kills started their path to fame on the MySpace site. The site later introduced a series of live-in-studio recordings by well-known artists. The music that many users were still interacting with were reportedly lost this month as the result of a server migration failure. These 50 million songs were uploaded by 14 million artists during the site’s first 12 years of existence.

How Do Server Migrations Work?

Server migration is when data is moved from one server to another. People migrate to new servers for several reasons such as the existing host can’t take the strain of the amount of information, clients want more control over the server, or there are security concerns. When performing a server migration, those involved must take precautions including:

  • Having tech experts perform the migration
  • Creating a plan before migrating that will prevent data loss
  • Reformatting the data to be accessible on the new server
  • Having a solid backup solution before migrating

It is unclear as to which of the standard rules MySpace did not follow, but users agree that the server migration project was unsuccessful, to say the least.

Users Are Skeptical of “Accidental” Loss

Many dedicated MySpace users find it hard to believe that data loss this large could have been an honest mistake.  Technology developer Andy Baio stated on his Twitter that he doubts this was an accident. He says that while their incompetence looks bad in the press, it still sounds better than “we can’t be bothered with the effort and cost of migrating and hosting 50 million old MP3s.” The site said that they apologized for the inconvenience and suggested that users retain their backup copies.

This is not the first time that artists and listeners alike haven’t been able to download their music. Rolling Stone reported that last year, artists who visited MySpace realized that their older songs were no longer playable. When confronted about the issue, the site claimed that they would look further into the problem.

Is There A Future for the Once #1 Social Media?

MySpace’s success was based on its musical background and user-support for up and coming artists. In 2005, NewsCorp bought the site for $580 million, but ownership was transferred to Specific Media in 2011 for a much lower $35 million. In 2016, Time Inc., (now owned by Meredith Corporation) bought MySpace. While the site still offers Music, Videos, and a way to connect with people, the lack of modern feature upgrades has put MySpace behind against its competitors. Though there are still loyal followers, the recent blow to the music library has left Reddit users saying that the memories from their teen years are essentially erased.

Backing Up Your Files

The best advice for anyone moving files is to have not one, but several backup solutions. Secure Data Recovery offers a variety of backup software that automatically backs up your files. If you were not as lucky to have a backup solution, as the staff at MySpace, Secure Data Recovery offers data recovery on servers through a large network of facilities. We provide both physical and virtual server repair to ensure you get your important data back in your hands. For more information on our services call 1-800-388-1266.

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