MySpace was once considered as the most popular website on the planet. However, it saw its dawdling decline come crashing to a conclusion today after the company admitted that 50 million songs from 14 million artists over a period of 12 years had been deleted from its platform.
MySpace may have lost its battle with Facebook to be considered as the most popular social network in the world years ago – with the creation of Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO and founder of Facebook, currently holding a near-monopoly over its rivals. However, MySpace had since turned out to be a place for musicians to share and promote their work.
It helped in launching a generation of performers, such as the Arctic Monkeys and Lily Allen, however, the company has now informed its users that any music that was saved to its site between the period of 2003 and 2015 would now be impossible to recover.
Not only that, but any videos or photos that were uploaded on the platform were also lost in what it claimed was an accident.
In a statement, the company said: “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.”
It added: “We apologise for the inconvenience.”
In recent years, even music was not able to revive the popularity of MySpace.
In an interview with The Independent, the managing director of Cloud IT firm Ensono Europe, Barney Taylor, stated: “MySpace’s admission of losing 12 years’ worth of music uploads following a server migration is uncomfortable reading for anyone responsible for data.”
He added: “Migrating data from one server to another is always a nail-biting exercise. Even the simplest migration can run into hurdles and the consequences for the business can be severe, hampering customer experience, reputation and ultimately revenue.”
According to Mr Taylor, Data migration is sometimes considered as the only option in order for a business to catch up with the accelerated advancement of technology.