Former social media giant MySpace, owned by Time Inc., announced recently that all music uploaded to their site between 2003 and 2015 was accidentally deleted.
During server migration, all files were corrupted and unable to be transferred over. Luckily, everything’s fine because they have a backup of all this data, right? Wrong.
“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 back up copies.” – message on Myspace.com
Yes, MySpace destroyed over 50 MILLION SONGS from 14 million users. Countless bands and their songs lost to the empty void. A decade of musical history gone forever.
If you go to the Myspace support page, it tells users to keep extra copies of their own content; great advice that Myspace themselves should have listened to.
Blame Tom all you want, but this cautionary tale should act as a warning for whoever thinks that having any of their data on a cloud service is safe. If the only copy of your discography is on Soundcloud and it suffers data loss, it is your fault if you don’t have a backup.
The rights to these millions of songs was one of MySpace’s most valuable assets, so this could be a costly and ultimately company-ending mistake.
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Jared Smith is HostDime’s SEO & Content Strategist.