For a brief, shining moment before it was eclipsed by Facebook and Instagram, MySpace was the king of social media. As Facebook and other social sites dominated the market, MySpace transitioned into a site for sharing original music.

Unfortunately, a recent glitch resulted in the loss of all songs uploaded to the site before 2015. Twelve years worth of data. Fifty million songs from close to fifteen million artists.

The company issued an apology: “We apologize for the inconvenience and suggest that you retain your back up copies.”

Assuming the musicians in question had the good sense to retain backup copies of their work. Only storing your original music in one spot is a bad idea. A really bad idea. But it appears that some musicians did just that and no longer have copies of their work.

Now, most sites have uploaded materials backed up on more than one server, so it would be difficult for them to lose so many user files. It appears MySpace, like its users, wasn’t following very good practices for protecting data.

This is a great reminder to everyone, everywhere, that no matter where you have material stored in the cloud, you should have an additional backup. Or two. Or four in the case of something really valuable.

While it’s too late to retrieve MySpace data, don’t forget that you can download all of your Facebook photos and other data.

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