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Loss of data on MySpace: Gone, gone, gone

The online network specializing in music lost millions of songs, and many users are now in mourning. The reason is a server move, according to MySpace.

The best and worst songs from before - are all gone. Photo: Mark Skipper / CC-BY-2.0

The online platform MySpace has lost all music files from the years 2003-2015 due to a server changeover. Affected are millions of tracks that have been uploaded to the music network in these years. This was reported by some news sites based on a Reddit discussion. If there are no private copies, this music is irretrievably lost, especially for lesser-known bands.

MySpace was originally a data storage service and developed into an online music network with over 260 million members in the early 2000s. The network got into a crisis because the users migrated in droves to other platforms such as Facebook or specialized music services. In 2011, owner Rupert Murdoch sold the site to the Internet advertising company Specific Media at a great loss, and today the site is considered dead.

The fact that MySpace had problems accessing files from the time before 2015 is not new: A year ago users reported in the quoted Reddit forum of problems with playing older songs. Initially, the company stated that it was looking for a solution. When asked by a user seven months ago, the company said, “The files were corrupted due to a server move. [...] There is no way to get the lost data back. "

The historian and Internet archivist Jason Scott (USA) brought the topic back into the discussion on Sunday by posting the said request from the MySpace data protection spokesman on Twitter. "The subject has finally gotten attention from someone who gets attention himself," said Scott, explaining the delay in a Twitter post.

Experts then doubted that the loss was an accident: the effort and costs of storing the alleged 50 million songs by 14 million artists were too big for the company, suspected US blogger Andy Baio.

MySpace apologized on Monday and asked users to back up private music files. In addition, the company provided the address of its data protection officer, the Hamburg lawyer Jana Jentzsch, who could not be reached by the editorial deadline.

The affair shows how insecure it is to store files on cloud servers. For many people, the news stories or tape recordings are part of their youth that are now gone forever. Personal memories and data can also be lost if online networks are shut down or go bankrupt like StudiVZ.