It's been a long time since MySpace was the world's dominant social media platform, but for many it remained an intriguing time capsule. Unfortunately, a good chunk of the music uploaded to the site has been deleted thanks to a server issue. In fact, it's speculated that as many as 50 million user-uploaded songs from 2003 through to 2015 have been completely wiped from the site, Boing Boing reports.
"As a result of a server migration project, any photos, videos, and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available," MySpace explained in a statement. "We apologize for the inconvenience and suggest that you retain your back up copies. If you would like more information, please contact our Data Protection Officer, Dr. Jana Jentzsch at DPO@myspace.com."
As many have deduced from MySpace's official statement on the unfortunate ordeal, they themselves do not have backups of any of this content. The accidental wipe has impacted the profiles of more than 14 million artists on the platform, from independent bedroom acts to studio-signed, well established acts. MySpace hasn't been a significant player in the social media landscape for years, but this incident does act as a reminder that nothing on the internet is quite as permanent as some might believe.