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I use around 3.5 GB of data per month. It's safe to say music consumes at least 2.5 of that. Hopefully the tech sector will push wireless carriers to upgrade their infrastructure, raise data ceilings, and improve speed.

Cidadao Entretido

140.62 MEGAbyte per hour, of course


kbps is kiloBITS per second, not kiloBYTES. This makes some difference because the first is a measure of data transfer/processing, and the second is a measure of data storage. When it comes to counting data usage on a wireless or wireline data plan, keeping the two straight makes a difference because 1000 kbps = 1 Mbps, while 1024 KB = 1 MB.


When I am away from home (normally just weekends) I take my iPad with me. It has an app for my favourite radio station.

I use it mainly for e-mails and web browsing, but daren't use the radio app because I don't know how much data it is using. I pay for 1Gb per month.

I have no idea what speed the station downloads at - is there any easy way of finding the speed?

Krister Knutars

Thankfully, I don't have to worry about bandwidth, since my mobile phone subscription includes unlimited data usage. On average I use probably over 2 GB per day in total, out of which only a small fraction is used for music and podcasts.

Allan M88

This says more about me than it does about the writer but I wish this article had an infographic.


"For example, a 320 Kilobytes download will use up a whopping 140.62 Gigabytes per hour and that works out at a data munching 4.2 Gigabytes of internet usage in 30 days."


An average audio stream of 128 Kbps will use about 16 Kilobytes of data per second.

So an hour of streaming at 128 Kbps will use about 56.25 Megabytes of data.


I am lost! 128 Kbps = 128x8= 1024KBps So, one minute takes up 1024x60= 61440KB and I hour uses 61440x60=3686400KB = 3.7MB in an hour. Where am I wrong, please?


128 Kbps = 128/8 = 16 KBps
60s*16KBps = 960KBps/1000 = 0,9MBps


the 0.9 final answer is 0.9MB for the 60sec example. Not 0.9MBps

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