If you’re one of 14 million artists whose old haunt used to be on MySpace then I hope you backed up your tracks.
Before Facebook and Twitter came MySpace. It was a unique social media space that became as popular for music as it did connecting with friends. Artists treated it at as a home for their music before and after the time of SoundCloud.
Many of its users have jumped ship since the launch of more popular social networks but MySpace hasn’t disappeared. Unfortunately for many of it’s older users, whilst it’s still around, people have reported that lots of content from between 2003 and 2015 has gone missing.
Users have been reporting issues of missing photos, videos, and audio uploaded over 3 years ago for a year now. They have reported on their site: “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.”
Their server migration could well include over 50 million songs from 14 million artists that have now been lost. Many users seem sceptical that this wasn’t caused simply by the team not wanting to expend time and money on migrating so much old content.
At any rate it’s a clear reminder to artists, and anyone with content online, that your content is never completely safe from being lost on the web. If you’re an artist and you care about your music, make sure you have back ups saved. Who’s to say this wasn’t an accident? And who’s to say this couldn’t happen to a site like SoundCloud?