50M+ tracks from 14M+ artists are gone.
Over the past few days, it has emerged that the once-mighty social media network Myspace has ‘lost’ 50 million songs. That’s right, every single track uploaded to the site between 2003 and 2015 has been misplaced during a server migration. It is estimated that the work of over 14 million artists is now gone, and a whole load of our Bloc Party-infused, 2006 nostalgia has gone with it.
After users and artists initially began to experience problems with the site 12 months ago, Myspace told them that it would fix the problem imminently. However, it has since transpired that these files were indeed corrupted and would therefore no-longer be accessible. In a formal statement, Myspace said the following:
“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. We apologize for the inconvenience and suggest that you retain your backup copies.”
The news can only be met with great sadness from the wider music community. For those that remember it, Myspace pioneered the digitalisation of scenes, consumption and fan engagement. Not only that, it could be argued that our current modes of music consumption, i.e. online streaming, were born here. Furthermore, this loss of data may have just prevented Myspace from ever making a comeback as a retro, post-modern technology for hipsters to revel in. Surely, this was it’s only way back?
What do you think? Could Myspace ever make a meaningful comeback? Or is this the final nail in the coffin?