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MySpace – the once dominant social media platform, largely subsumed by Facebook – may have lost a decade of music uploaded by users, according to the company.
MySpace was founded in 2003 and quickly gained in importance as a platform for uploading and sharing music, especially for new bands who want to find an audience.
Now the company says millions of music files uploaded to the site may have disappeared.
NPR has responded to a comment from MySpace. According to several media reports, a recent news release was posted on its website that said, "As a result of a server migration project, photos, videos, and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available on MySpace. We apologize for the inconvenience."
"More than 50 million tracks from 14 million artists have been lost," reports The Guardian.
Social network users have reported problems accessing their music over the past year. On "Techsupport", a Reddit forum, a user wrote a year ago, "duuuude, I need my songs, I hope they fix that soon."
Another user replied:
"I sent an e-mail to their support and received this … Slight hope to destroy the message, so I do not know, I do not trust them much ..  "There is a problem with all songs / videos uploaded more than 3 years ago. The problem is known and I have been informed that the problem is resolved. However, there is no precise timeframe when this will be completed. Until this problem is resolved, the download option is not available. I apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.
Andy Baio, one of the people behind Kickstarter, tweeted, "Myspace accidentally lost all the music uploaded from its first page 12 years in a server migration, with over 50 million songs lost by 14 million artists. I am deeply skeptical that this was a coincidence. Flagrante incompetence may be bad PR, but it still sounds better than "We can not afford the hassle and expense of migrating and hosting 50 million old MP3s. "
I'm deeply skeptical that this was a match ident. Flagrante incompetence may be bad PR, but it still sounds better than" we can not afford the hassle and expense of migrating and hosting. " deal with 50 million old MP3s. "
– Andy Baio (@waxpancake) March 18, 2019  In 2006, MySpace was the most visited Internet site in the US, helping careers of music stars like Lily Allen, the Arctic Monkeys, and Kate Nash to launch.
Welp, there's my high school experience
– ℹ️❤️🖥 aka Compy-chan (@ilovecomputers) March 18, 2019
The site was launched in 2005 by News Corp. acquired for $ 580 million. News Corp considered buying Yahoo and joining MySpace, but eventually dropped those plans. Instead, it sold MySpace in 2011 for $ 35 million. Since its inception, the site has lost popularity, but some members continue to use it as a place to store music, photos, and other media files.