Lost Myspace Songs Rescued

Lost Myspace Songs Rescued
Nearly half a million MP3s from Myspace have been recovered after the service lost much of its data.

(CCM) — 450,000 songs hosted by Myspace which had been presumed lost forever have been rescued and are available on the Internet Archive web site, according to a Techcrunch report. The rescued tracks include early works by Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, and Donald Glover.

Last month it became apparent that Myspace had lost over 50 million music tracks, by over 14 million different artists, uploaded to the service between 2003 and 2015 by its users.

But an anonymous academic group studying music networks had previously downloaded 1.3 Terabytes of music from Myspace from 2008-2010 for its research, and this cache of MP3s has been handed over to the Internet Archive and given the name "Myspace Music Dragon Hoard."

The songs are now available with a special search and play feature that lets visitors to the Internet Archive find and listen to the MP3s.

The Myspace data was lost during a data migration, but many commentators have speculated that the music deletion may not have been an accident, according to the report.

Myspace was founded in 2003, and in 2006 it received more visitors than Google in the U.S. But in 2009 Myspace was overtaken by Facebook as the most popular social network, and the service has been in decline ever since.

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