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50 million songs were accidentally deleted from the Myspace website. How bad is this loss?

For a year now, users have been complaining that they can no longer play music on Myspace. The company has now confirmed: All data uploaded to Myspace between 2003 and 2015 has disappeared. This is due to a mistake made during a data migration.

Photos, videos and around 50 million songs were deleted. Despite the size of the mishap, the reactions on the internet were rather relaxed. "Myspace still exists ?, Link opens in a new window," was the tenor.

More successful than Google

A decade ago, the reactions would have been different. In 2006, Myspace was the most visited website in the US - ahead of Google. Myspace was important as a social network, like Facebook.

But music also played a central role right from the start. At Myspace you networked not only with friends, but also with bands.

"You can't even imagine that today," says music editor Luca Bruno, "but Myspace was the very first opportunity to get to know new music outside of the music industry."

Until then, new music could be found in magazines or record stores. "But that an unknown musician takes everything into his own hands - that didn't exist before."

Where Adele's career began

Many musicians owe their careers to Myspace: Adele, Lilly Allen or the Arctic Monkeys published their first recordings here before they came into the public eye and the record companies.

Even those who were already famous couldn't avoid Myspace: Coldplay - at that time probably one of the biggest bands in the world - first released their new album in 2008 on Myspace.

Today the platform has seen a decade of decline. In 2008, Myspace was overtaken by Facebook for the first time in terms of user numbers. The meteoric rise of Facebook and the steady fall of Myspace followed.

The competition: Facebook and Spotify

Linking a social network with music had turned out to be too little attractive. Facebook became the dominant social network. Even among the music fans, only a few remained loyal to Myspace.

Many switched to platforms that were completely dedicated to music - to Soundcloud or Bandcamp, which were created at that time. The big change was still to come: in 2008 Spotify also went online. The streaming provider was soon to become the most powerful music provider on the web.

What was on the screed?

After these years of decline, was there any music to be found on Myspace that was a shame? "One or two demo recordings have certainly disappeared," says music editor Luca Bruno.

In the past five to six years, however, he had never thought of a recording that was only available on Myspace. And the quality of these older music files is also poor: "Those were shabby MP3s".

The loss should therefore be limited. “It's a bit like when the screed burns down,” says Bruno. Anyone who does not store valuable goods more securely is to some extent to blame for the loss. But as with the screed, the same applies to Myspace: Who knows which long-forgotten treasures have slumbered there for ten years?

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  • Commentary from D. Abel (Knispel)
    We will encounter such problems more often in the future. We are becoming more and more dependent on Cloud & Co. ... that is modern, but it will end badly.
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  • Comment from Beni Fuchs (Beni Fuchs)
    Shit! All my early works are gone! If you have to start a class action lawsuit, it is not unrealistic to knock out a few million in the USA. ;-) At myspace, people didn't 'also' network with music. myspace WAS a platform for musicians, where alternative musicians could exchange ideas, also with the fans. It wasn't until myspace was sold and remodeled that things went bad, the musicians have disappeared, and so has the music. Only what was posted there until 2015 would surely be more valuable than everything after ...
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  • Comment from Patrik Müller (P.Müller)
    I wait until the data collection is "lost" at our tax administration ...
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