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  • I don't know how many of you care, or remember using myspace?
    I just discovered this news, from almost 2 years ago.

    I have been pissed off for years that a lot of music was lost, so am hoping that some rare metal is in the stash.

    ;D (=P) :P (please)

    EDIT:
    I have enough hard drive space to download it the 1.2 TB of files.
    If I am unable to decipher what the coded mp3's are really called, then it is a waste of time though.


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    On March 18, 2019, it was revealed that Myspace had lost all their user content from 2015 and earlier in botched server migration, with no backup. Over 50 million songs and 12 years' worth of content were permanently lost.[86] In April 2019, the Internet Archive recovered 490,000 MP3s (1.3 terabytes) "using unknown means by an anonymous academic study conducted between 2008 and 2010." The songs, which were uploaded between 2008 and 2010, are collectively known as the MySpace Dragon Hoard.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myspace

    https://archive.org/details/myspace_dragon_hoard_2010
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    Internet Archive rescues half a million lost MySpace songs

    https://i.imgur.com/SdD4Z7D.jpg
    https://mashable.com/article/myspace-in ... ve-rescue/
    By Stan Schroeder
    Apr 04, 2019

    MySpace, once the favorite social network of musicians around the world, made news in March when it was discovered that 12 years worth of music was lost during a data migration.

    A small part of that has, fortunately, been recovered by The Internet Archive.

    SEE ALSO: MySpace lost 12 years of music and photos, leaving a sizable gap in social network history

    Called the "MySpace Dragon Hoard," the archive holds 490,000 mp3 files from MySpace.com. The files were collected "using unknown means by an anonymous academic study conducted between 2008 and 2010," the Internet Archive said in a post.


    Since MySpace's data migration (perhaps data destruction is a better way to describe it) botched everything hosted on the site before 2015, nearly none of the files in the Dragon Hoard archive can be found on MySpace.

    The archive is 1.3 terabytes big and is quite problematic, since the files are named by MySpace's CDN (content delivery network), meaning the names don't make sense to most humans. It is therefore accessible as a set of 144 .zip archive files, which you can browse through here. If you're looking for something specific in there, good luck.
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    Thanks for the reminder! I saw this before but had to slow connection to download it all.
    Got faster broadband now. (king666) downloading!

    Have you found anything interesting?
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    I grabbed 40 GB so far, since I posted this yesterday, (all of the smaller zipped files and a couple big ones),
    the download is slow (and I have decent cable internet speed), it appears it will take a long time.

    The mp3's look like nonsense when you unzip a folder,
    I don't understand yet how to decode them with the 3 info files - md5sums , metadata.tsv , sha256sums .
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    Yes I had it downloading overnight and completed 40%..
    Speed is getting slow for me as well... only 2 seeders (angry)

    Have to check the ZIP files later and see what kind of madness it is
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    I rarely grab torrents from https://archive.org/ as they are usually slow, or don't work.
    I get the individual zipped folders/files.

    I had to download OpenOffice https://www.openoffice.org/download/
    to look at the metadata.tsv
    as I don't think I have Excel or any Windows programs for that, after I wiped my computer clean last month.

    https://i.postimg.cc/Xv5WRDBb/My-Space- ... enshot.jpg

    https://i.postimg.cc/Xv5WRDBb/My-Space-Dragon-Hoard-tsv-screenshot.jpg

    what a folder of mp3's looks like
    https://i.postimg.cc/0yWGTVRc/My-Space- ... enshot.jpg

    https://i.postimg.cc/0yWGTVRc/My-Space-Dragon-Hoard-folder-128-screenshot.jpg

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    I'm looking at the online searcher they have but it's just stuck on the 'Loading data' graphic at the moment.
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    Bloopy wrote:I'm looking at the online searcher they have but it's just stuck on the 'Loading data' graphic at the moment.

    Yes, the list does not appear, you have to start typing a word, then a search starts, but it is a bad search engine in my opinion.
    Hopefully one day someone will have all the bands listed.

    One guy there said:
    " Reviewer: mirachu - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 3, 2020
    Subject: Tons of music
    1.3 TB unpacked, 479k files... If you want to map the metadata to files it'll take a bit of scripting and a lot of time. Well, a few days. I've been running a script that goes through the metadata, writes ID3 tags into files, and renames the hashed names to artist--trackname.mp3. It's now two days in and I'm roughly at 70%, so it's done maybe tomorrow.

    ANYWAY, an interesting stash, will probably never listen to all of it but hey, disk is cheap. Most of the music seems to be digitized at 22050 Hz, so no clean highs for anyone. I suppose 96 kbps isn't much of a limitation considering the sample rate."


    I will have to force myself to try to learn how to do that.
    Never liked learning anything on computers, even when using Basic, and Windows 3.1 in the 1980s and 90s.
    I wish the world stayed with Windows '95! That was simple and easy to use!
    (shout)

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    canadaspaceman wrote:Yes, the list does not appear, you have to start typing a word, then a search starts, but it is a bad search engine in my opinion.


    I should've mentioned that I tried that and it made no difference. It'd be great if someone else puts up the list for searching as it'd save me even downloading the metadata. :D
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    Windows 3.1 was not very user friendly :P I crashed it probably once a week as a kid.
    I liked DOS and still do. I found so many cool games on copied floppy disks and from compilation CD's of shareware games.

    Windows 95 and 98 was good but XP was probably my favorite but they dropped fucking MS-DOS.
    I have a setup with DOSBox on my mini PC where I emulate my old favorite games. Would love to have it on a real PC but doesn't have the space for it.

    70% completed on the dragon whore
    will take a look at it when completed
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    Better (faster) search: https://cable.ayra.ch/myspace/
    Listen to random songs from the Hoard: https://mydora.restorativland.org/

    https://www.ghacks.net/2019/04/04/inter ... ace-music/
    "Browsing the 144 zip archives directly won't reveal information about the artist or song name, however. You get long lists of cryptic file names only when you do so. There is a metadata file that provides information but linking it to the actual files in the archive is cumbersome and probably best left to automation."

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    Using the search engine at https://cable.ayra.ch/myspace/ works fine to browse all these files (for now)

    Also all artists and titles can be found in the "metadata.tsv" file so it is easy to link them to the corret mp3 filename if you have to. I am extracting everything into folders now and will just use windows search to find the file if needed.

    https://i.imgur.com/wvkIKe9.png

    However if someone have any good solution to auto tag everything feel free to let me know
    Maybe I am missing something?
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