Following the news of the loss of much of user data uploaded to MySpace before 2016, there had been much conjecture regarding how so much data had been lost. It appeared as if the recorded tracks had been lost in the course of data migration, but MySpace’s silence on the matter has led to speculations that the incident wasn’t an accident.
53 million songs had been lost
It is estimated that around 53 million songs from 14 million artists had been deleted. The data which had been lost included millions of music tracks in the interim of 2003 to 2015. It was a significant loss for those who may not have been active users of the site but considered MySpace to be an online scrapbook of sorts. The major loss had been for musicians promoting their work on the social network platform.
A recent discovery is a small percentage
However, many of the tracks have been recovered by the Internet Archive hosting a new collection of MP3s. The collection is called the MySpace Music Dragon Hoard and contains 450,000 songs. Even though it is a small percentage of the lost data, it reportedly contains early work of the artists who are now famous. In reply to Jason Scott’s tweet, another user tweeted about the discovery of songs by Donald Glover, 2 Chainz, Katy Perry, Pitbull, and others.
How was it recovered?
Jason Scott, on behalf of the Internet Archive, tweeted that the set had been compiled by an anonymous, academic group. They were studying music networks and collected over 1.3 terabytes of data from MySpace between 2008 and 2010 in order to study music networks. After getting wind of the data loss, they offered the music that they had collected from the platform to Scott.