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Internet Archive publishes half a million lost MySpace numbers

Internet Archive has placed almost half a million music tracks online that were on MySpace between 2008 and 2010. The data comes from an anonymous group of researchers. In mid-March, it was publicly announced that MySpace had lost some of its pre-2016 data.

Internet Archive calls it The Myspace Dragon Hoard and has published the collection of 1.3 TB of MP3 files and metadata on a special page. There is also a media player to search and play songs from the collection. Because a 1.3TB file is ‘unmanageable’ according to the archive, the organization has divided the files into 144 zip files.

It is not entirely clear where the 450,000 songs come from. Internet Archive employee Jason Scott writes on Twitter that they have been collected by an ‘anonymous group of researchers’. Their research was about music networks, for which they had downloaded the songs. “Someone” asked Scott if he wanted the files. A published screenshot suggests that the data was not supplied to the archive site by the researchers themselves. Scott also says that people who still have downloaded MySpace numbers can contact him.

Finally, the employee writes that Internet Archive optimizes the media player and will eventually release it under an open source license. The Internet Archive calls the player the Hobbit and says that in appearance it is based on the old music player of MySpace.

Last March it was announced that MySpace numbers from 2016 and before had been lost. How much music is lost remains unclear. The official response from the social network is that the files were corrupted during a server migration and that it is not possible to recover the lost data. According to Scott, it is ‘clear’ that parent company Meredith has never moved the old data to the new server.

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