Half a Million of MySpace’s 50 Million Deleted Songs Have Been Recovered
A number of notable metal bands got their start in MySpace in the mid to late ’00s, so when the social network — which is still operating, somewhat unbelievably — announced last year that 50 million songs uploaded between 2003 and 2015 had been accidentally deleted, a ton of folks were quite upset. The lost works included any personal projects that users had uploaded to the platform, many of what were naturally not backed up anywhere.
Good news! Some endeavoring internet whippersnappers have somehow recovered a portion of that deleted media and posted it on a new website, lostmyspace.com, for all to search. The interface is as simple as could be, featuring the vintage MySpace music player, and comes with the following message:
“From 2003 to 2012, Myspace was the premier place for bands to post their music. 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.”
Quick searches turn up classics tracks by Job For a Cowboy, Suicide Silence, Whitechapel and other flagship bands of that era. If you had your own band’s work on the platform, is it there, too? I’m really curious how this data was recovered — and where the other 49.5 million tracks are — but, ya know, pesky questions and all.
Give it a whirl! But leave the flashy, eye-breaking page layout at the door, please.