The social network MySpace announced in email, that it has lost a large amount of data, including 12 years of music, due to a problem with the servers.
For years, Myspace was the Internet’s most popular website, above Google or Facebook. This service implemented many of the features that are now common.
In the past, if you were on the Internet, you had to have a Myspace account; especially if you were young and you were looking for something about new trends in music and alternative culture.
“As a result of a server migration project, any photo, video and audio file that has been uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available on or from MySpace,” the company said in a terse statement.
“We apologize for the inconveniences,” he added.
Particularly, the loss of files affects since MySpace began operating, from 2003 until 2015. The expected amount to be lost is about 50 million songs. Other archives, especially the most modern have been recovered.
The disaster happened during a server change last year. It was a usual process, especially in a service that is changing and that does not have many users. Something went wrong during migration, all the files with more than three years old were not copied to new servers.
As a result, the current web only has the music uploaded during the last three years, in which the activity on the page has fallen to ridiculous level.
The social network was the launching platform for numerous artists and in 2006 it was the most visited internet portal in the USA.
It was the perfect place to find out about the release of favorite singers latest album. Myspace may not have been able to take advantage from that. Since 2009 it has been falling sharply but remains a benchmark in the history of the Internet.