After permanently losing over 50 million songs last month during a “server migration project,” a portion of MySpace files have been recovered by digital archivists.
The Internet Archive has just launched the “Myspace Dragon Hoard,” a searchable database of 450,000 songs from the social media site from 2008 and 2010. Site archivist Jason Scott explained on Twitter that the recovered songs were passed to him by “an anonymous academic group who were studying music networks,” so they collected the files for academic purposes.
This set of 450,000 songs was done by an anonymous academic group who were studying music networks and grabbed 1.3 terabytes of mp3s to study from MySpace in roughly 2008-2010 to do so. And someone asked me "hey, do you want these, since they were lost?" Yes, yes I did. pic.twitter.com/ZqQC8bYfz1
— Jason Scott (@textfiles) April 4, 2019
The collection of tunes let use a searcher called “Hobbit,” and then play files from the database directly. Allegedly, users have already found early uploads from artists like Nicki Minaj, Donald Glover, 2 Chainz, and more.
If you lost some tunes during the migration, check out the archive here to see if you’re one of the lucky ones whose files have been recovered.