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A bunch of the music accidentally deleted by Myspace is back to embarrass you

“It was right here.”
It was right here.”
Photo: Michael Loccisano (Getty Images)

Last month, we breathed a sigh of relief upon realizing the acoustic Keane covers we uploaded to Myspace in 2008 were lost by the social network in a botched server migration. Among the casualties were roughly 50 million songs, as well as a host of photos and videos, uploaded between 2003 and 2015. Now, however, those off-key strums are back to haunt you, as The Quietus reports that The Internet Archive—the same guys behind the Wayback Machine—have dug up a half million of those lost MP3s. Sure, that’s a small slice of the overall pie, but certainly nothing to sniff at.


Per archivist Jason Scott, the files were retrieved from “an anonymous academic group” who apparently plucked 1.3 TB of MP3s “to study” between 2008 and 2010. If you’re curious if your tunes are among those recovered, search this database on the Internet Archive’s website and shiver at the thought of your lost emo-core demos getting studied by a bunch of weirdos.

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.

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