Did you have stuff on MySpace that you forgot about? Well, it’s probably gone now because of a server migration error.

Yes, MySpace is still a thing. But it’s less of a thing after a big oopsie the service encountered when it moved data to new servers.

Everything that had been posted since 2015 is safe. However, everything before that–which means twelve years’ worth of data and posts and files–are gone forever.

I draw your attention to a notice on the website: “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 apologise for the inconvenience”.

An inconvenience? Only if you call losing 50 million tracks from 14 million artists an inconvenience.

This could actually turn into a big deal for many people. Until it was obliterated by Facebook and other services, MySpace was the place to post music, including demos. I found MySpace to be an extremely valuable resource for music research and music discovery. And now all those files (including the ugly pages on which they lived) have apparently disappeared forever.

Let this be a lesson to everyone: Back up your stuff. There’s no guarantee that any platform will be around forever.

(Via Hypebot and CMU)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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