Aside from being one of the first big social media sites, Myspace gave users the ability to upload and share music on the site, which made it a useful platform for up-and-coming musicians. As Brooklyn Vegan points out, Myspace (which now uses a lowercase "s", for shame) has confirmed it is no longer hosting more than 50 million songs uploaded between 2003 and 2015. "We apologize for the inconvenience and suggest that you retain your back up copies". The site was bought by NewsCorp in 2005 for $580m.
Decaying social network MySpace announced today in a message posted on its website that it lost nearly 13 years worth of user files after a botched server migration operation.
That relaunch also cleared much of the text content on the site, including "wall posts" between users. One Twitter user wrote, "This just reminded me that the hardcore band from western KY that I loved in 2008 existed nearly exclusively on Myspace and now I'm really sad". During this 12-year period at least 50 million songs were uploaded by 14 million artists.
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That same year, MySpace was acquired by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation for $580 million, and the 100-millionth account was created in August 2006. "If you would like more information, please contact our Data Protection Officer at [email protected]ace.com".
The platform has waned in popularity since it was founded in 2003 but in its prime it attracted millions of users.
Further details regarding what exactly has been lost were not forthcoming, but Andy Baio, former chief technology officee at Kickstarter, took to Twitter to comment further.