MySpace were recently criticised after losing 12 years of online archives
An online archive has managed to recover 45,000 of mp3 files lost mby MySpace during its recent “server migration.”
An archive, textfiles.com, shared a 1.3 terabyte-sized archive of music uploaded to MySpace that was thought to have been lost.
According to Jason Scott, the individual behind textfiles.com, the mp3s have been found thanks to an anonymous academic group called ‘MySpace Music Dragon Hoard’ who were using the files to study music networks. You can access the files here.
“Someone asked me ‘hey, do you want these, since they were lost?’ Yes, yes I did,” explained Scott.
Posting on Twitter, Scott wrote: “ANNOUNCING THE MYSPACE MUSIC DRAGON HOARD, a 450,000 song collection of mp3s from 2008-2010 on MySpace, gathered before they were all “deleted” by mistake…includes a link to a special custom search and play mechanism that lets you search and play songs.”
The ‘Hoard’ contains over 450,000 eps files uploaded to MySpace between 2008 and 2010. It is accompanied by a “custom search and play mechanism” that allows users to search and play songs.
A year after the music links on MySpace stopped working, the site revealed last month (March 18) that the huge backlog of files were lost during a server migration project.
“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,” a statement from MySpace confirmed.
“We apologize for the inconvenience and suggest that you retain your back up copies. If you would like more information, please contact our Data Protection Officer, Dr. Jana Jentzsch at DPO@myspace.com.”
Posting on Twitter, TechExpert Andy Baio said: “MySpace accidentally lost all the music uploaded from its first 12 years in a server migration, losing over 50 million songs from 14 million artists.”
Despite a huge drop in popularity, a 2015 estimation suggested that MySpace still boasts some 50 million users every year.