Myspace today admitted to losing 12 years of music files from 2003 to 2015. In a data migration, files were corrupted and lost.
"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," it said in a note at the top of the site.
"We apologize for the inconvenience. If you would like more information, please contact our Data Protection Officer at DPO@myspace.com."
There had been complaints for a while that there were issues with old music, so it seems as though the issue has been there for some time.
Myspace was founded in 2003 and helped bring on the social media revolution. Music was an integral part of the Myspace experience with profile songs. It was also a place where artists would share their own music and is credited with launching the careers of some artists.
Since its loss of prominence to Facebook and eventually Twitter, Instagram etc, Myspace has been shopped around and become more of an internet relic, than a driving force.
With all of these files gone, this is another example of why you can trust another company to hold onto your important files. As a musician, you need to have all of your music on your own drives. It can be difficult to manage, but trusting some company that can get hacked, have “glitches” / technical errors and does not care about your music like you do, will eventually lead to issues.
This Myspace glitch may not be too dramatic for many who have since moved on and taken their important music files elsewhere, but there may have been some old demos on the server that have been lost forever. Art that is lost because of technical glitches and potential corporate apathy is shameful.
If you have music uploaded to Facebook, Tumblr and even SoundCloud, make sure you have those files in a massive external hard drive. Those companies may not exist forever. They may merge, undergo drastic changes and grow into something new. In the change, your files may be lost and forgotten. Don’t let that happen.
The Internet Archive is a good place to host and distribute your files online for free. They have mirrors of servers in California, Egypt and Amsterdam. Keep your music safe.