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Internet Archive saves 490,000 songs that MySpace lost

Turns out your tunes from the 2000s might not be gone forever.

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Internet Archive to the rescue: The nonprofit digital library has saved some of the songs deleted from MySpace.

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If your MySpace music was deleted in last month's server migration disaster, the Internet Archive might have some good news for you.

On Wednesday, the nonprofit digital library unveiled the MySpace Music Dragon Hoard, a collection of 490,000 mp3 files from 2008 to 2010 on the long-abandoned social media site.

"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," Jason Scott, who works with the Internet Archive, tweeted.

Scott also asked Twitter users to contribute music files they have "lying around." The team is still working on optimizing the Hoard's search index.

MySpace's faulty server migration in March resulted in the deletion of millions of photos, videos and audio files between 2003 and 2015. The loss included 50 million songs.

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