Myspace has lost all photos, videos, and audio
uploaded to the service between 2003 and 2015.
Yes, in a story that will no doubt become a cautionary tale about the importance of keeping backups, the musical output of a load of unremarkable mid-naughties bands has been lost forever.
I was a musician who loved Myspace around 2004 and 2005. It was a simpler time for social media, where just by having a few good songs you could develop an online fanbase who would even show up to your gigs without too much effort on your part.
It felt like a magical way to find fans and gigs, and to get feedback on your music from people you wouldn’t usually have access to.
Even before Facebook opened to the public beyond universities in late 2006, Myspace had already become less useful for musicians. It was busier with bands, and fans had become more cynical about the musicians that tried to add them as friends. Simply sending a friend request to anyone who liked similar music to yours didn’t work anymore.
I still think back fondly to Myspace’s heyday, but I’m not too sad that all that media has disappeared. Yes, it was an important archive of the culture of the time, but even if you set aside the notion that you shouldn’t use online platforms owned by third-parties as a permanent storage solution, it’s nice to think that things can still disappear.
If we know that old data can just be lost due to circumstances outside our control and there’s nothing we can do about it, it sure makes us cherish ‘the now’ a bit more. It brings back a lack of permanence many fear we’ve lost. That said, Google better not lose my Docs files.
Oh, and even though Myspace says the loss was an accident, it sure must be convenient not to have to pay for storage of all those old media files that aren’t much use to it anymore, right? 🤔