During the 2000s, various artists used MySpace as a way to promote their music and forge a career. So when MySpace revealed back in March of 2019 that over 50 million songs uploaded between 2003 – 2015 had accidentally been deleted, a lot of people weren’t happy.
A month or so after the accidental deletion, half a million songs uploaded between 2008 – 2010 had been recovered. Now, a new searchable database has been launched to better help music listeners find those missing songs.
In 2018, MySpace accidentally deleted the 50 million songs during a serve mitigation project. Along with music, potentially millions of photos and videos uploaded by users were lost as well. The initial discovery of the deleted content was brought to light by MySpace users. They noticed that photos, videos and audio files uploaded before 2015 had disappeared.
“As a result of a server migration project,” Myspace said. “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 and suggest that you retain your back up copies. If you would like more information, please contact our Data Protection Officer.”
Following this, internet gurus managed to recover nearly half a million of the files that were deleted. Jason Scott, the proprietor of textfiles.com, said the files were recovered by an academic group who took mp3s from the site between 2008 and 2010 while studying music networks.
The recovered files were then compiled into a database. However, all of the files were named by MySpace’s CDN (content delivery network). This means that the vast majority of the recovered file names were unreadable to humans. Clearly, this detail made it very difficult to search through the half-million songs for specific files.
Now, a new searchable database has launched that allows individuals to easily search through these recovered files. Instead of looking through all of the files with unidentifiable names, you can now directly search through the database by artists and song titles.
“From 2003 to 2012, Myspace was the premier place for bands to post their music,” the statement reads. “In 2018, it lost it all in a botched server migration. The Internet Archive has managed to get their hands on a collection of nearly half a million songs, and has made them available in a searchable interface. Please enjoy exploring the collection below.”
Songs from Never Shout Never, Panic! At The Disco, Paramore, My Chemical Romance, Bring Me The Horizon and blink-182 are among the files that were deleted. They can now be found and streamed on the new searchable database.
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