MySpace has lost all audio files uploaded to the site between 2003 and 2015, as well as photos and videos.
As a Reddit user points out, over a year ago links to music uploaded to MySpace that was from 2015 or before stopped working. MySpace initally responded to say they were working on the issue, but now all the files have been wiped from the site.
The site has now admitted to losing 50 million songs from 14 million artists in a statement, "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 on or from MySpace."
An email from the company has been circulating on Twitter confirming the loss of the files.
Myspace accidentally lost all the music uploaded from its first 12 years in a server migration, losing over 50 million songs from 14 million artists. https://t.co/OyKB5Dxtw9— Andy Baio (@waxpancake) March 18, 2019
The social media site was launched in 2003 by Thomas Anderson and Chris DeWolfe, and reached its peak number of users in 2008.
Musicians such as Calvin Harris, Kate Nash, Arctic Monkeys, and others used MySpace to launch their music careers.
On Twitter, Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai has expressed the need to keep physical media alive, "It’s shit like this that’s making me realise more and more that physical media is essential."
Soundway Records added, "Another reason we’ll always love vinyl. The preservation of music is a fundamental part of documenting human history and psyche. RIP 12 years of MySpace music."