Myspace lost 12 years of music and pictures in server migration

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Social networking website Myspace said Monday that it lost 12 years worth of music and pictures during a server migration.

“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 and suggest that you retain your back up copies.”

{mosads}Myspace was the dominant social media platform between 2005 and 2008 before it was overtaken by Facebook and Twitter.

Millions of songs were hosted on the platform, and many famous artists like Arctic Monkeys and Calvin Harris were partially discovered through the website.

A few tech experts have questioned whether the erasure was an accident.

Andy Baio, a tech expert and former chief technology officer of crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, said that he was skeptical of the data loss.

“I’m deeply skeptical this was an accident,” Baio tweeted. “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.’ ” 

Jason Scott of the Internet Archive, a site that compiles webpages, criticized how Myspace handled the “10 years of unique digital music” and implied that the website lost the files on purpose to clear up space.

“I’d love to hear the fundamental difference between failing to secure a server transfer of 10 years of unique digital music, and having a dozen meetings between the best and brightest of Silicon Valley to most efficiently spin down and delete the utilized ‘disk space,’ ” he tweeted.


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