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According to an article published by The Verge, it was reported that MySpace has accidentally deleted the music page between 2003 till 2015, so all your saved playlist is now gone. An email was sent to Redditor by u/austinjckson, who is the company’s privacy data officer, he confirmed that due to a server migration issues, the data was corrupted and was unable to be transferred to the uploading site. Server Migration Project According to CBS News, MySpace has unveiled, that due to server migration project, all the photos, music and audio files of more than three years ago is no longer available and the company has apologized for the inconvenience.
The MySpace announcement, reportedly made in a since-removed banner on its site, came after participants in a tech-focused group on Reddit called attention to the deletion of, by some accounts, more than 50 million songs from 14 million artists. Furthermore, A former chief technology officer of the Kickstarter platform took this issue to social media and posted a tweet about being skeptical of whether this deletion was a mistake or something else. Approximately 50 Million Tracks Lost In Indy 100, it was revealed that millions of tracks including those which launched the careers of stars like Lilly Allen, Kate Nash, and Arctic Monkeys. According to reports, around 50 million tracks by 14 million artists could be lost.
MySpace has suggested retaining your backup copies. In an article published by Global News, it was revealed that when the statement of inconvenience went public, there were users who never backed up their data and they were outrageous to know that their mp3 files were never backed up. MySpace has further said that there is no way to recover the data which is lost with an apology. Tech Experts like Andy Baio has pointed fingers at the founder Tom Anderson, and he has said that flagrant incompetence is a bad PR and that we cannot be bothered by the effort and cost of migrating and hosting 50 million mp3 files.
Entire Career of Artist, Gone A New York-based musician, Heath Waterman has been uploading music online for over decades. He uploads the genre like folk songs, experimental, and bluegrass and he has a good fan following on Soundcloud. Most of the people have to kickstart their music career in the MySpace era, Heath Waterman has told Inverse during an interview that he has at least three music-related pages on MySpace and when he tried to revisit his old recordings in the pages, he saw that all his recordings were gone, it was an entire era of his music career that was all gone. Furthermore, he says that it left him heartbroken, and he tried to search for hours to recover the lost data but all in vain.
After the revelation of deletion by MySpace and Tech Expert Andy Baio, Heath Waterman has further commented and said that he was always skeptical a doubtful regarding his recordings on MySpace that something would happen, and I will not be able to access my old accounts but he never thought that all his recordings will be deleted. Moreover, many preservationists and curators have told Inverse that the world has feverishly updated from analog to digitals, and institution collected technology work without taking into consideration how to preserve their archives. This problem is acute for artists whose platform is digital medium and whose work often features outmoded technology.
A lot of people have been sentimental on the revelation of this news, as they were emotionally attached to their music recordings and they had some memories attached to those songs. Global News has collected the tweets posted by people from all over the world who are expressing their rage and sentiments upon losing their data. A Reddit user posted that his son recorded a song when he was 7 years old and now he is no more and the song is also gone, and he is expressing his sentiments that he can do anything to listen to his son’s voice again. There are no comments from MySpace Data officer until now, states CBS News.
The Verge has stated that although losing your music recording is the biggest loss, but the company has also stated that along with the music, the photos and videos uploaded are also gone, which is a big shock for the users. According to the facts and figures stated by CBS News, at one time MySpace was the fastest growing social network, and it was purchased by Rupert Murdoch’s Group in 2005. And it was again sold to a digital ad company in 2011 for 35$ million and then it was sold to Viant of time in 2016. It is pretty much hard to believe that someone will rely on MySpace for the protection of their data, so if one has forgotten to back up until now, then, unfortunately, you have missed your last opportunity. Therefore, take this as a warning and always save a copy of your works before anything else.