MySpace loses 12 years' worth of music uploads following server migration

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On its site, Myspace still describes itself as "the world's largest digital music library", with "53 million tracks and videos", though the claim is likely no longer accurate.

Errors in accessing old user files were first noticed previous year, in February, when users complained on Reddit about not being able to access their older data. According to MySpace users on Reddit, all pre-2015 music stopped working about a year ago.

MySpace had admitted to losing 12 years worth of uploaded music in a recent "server migration project". "We apologise for the inconvenience and suggest that you retain your back up copies". This is not a case of data being temporary unavailable; MySpace has lost it, and - nearly unbelievably - has no backup. The message, purportedly from the company's data privacy officer, says, "Due to a server migration, files were corrupted and unable to be transferred over to our updated site".

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

The discovery was made after users informed MySpace that music, photos and videos uploaded to the site before 2015 would play or show up. Numerous news articles about the problem have been published today.

But that might have been erased, along with some 50 million songs.

At the time of the Time acquisition, MySpace was said to be drawing 15 million monthly unique global visitors and 5.5 million in the US. The page then lists two types of old content that are still available: "Photos" and "Friends".

Myspace still offers the ability to listen to and upload music.

Myspace initially claimed the deletion was a temporary error, with customer support staff telling one user: "I have been informed the issue will be fixed", but by July past year it was publicly acknowledging that no such fix was forthcoming.

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