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How much radio can I listen to with 500MB?

My data allowance is 500MB per month and I’m wondering how much radio I can listen to with that. Worried about going over the allowence.

Most Useful Answer little12  Aug. 8, 2011 at 16:01

I have been looking on the o2 website and it says

500MB corresponds to - 1GB corresponds to
Basic webpages (mainly text) 5,000 - 10,000
Rich webpages (with multimedia, e.g. BBC) 1,500- 3,000
Basic e-mails 500,000 - 1,000,000
Rich e-mails (with attachments) 1,000 - 2,000
Downloading/streaming music 100 songs - 200 songs
Downloading/streaming video 1 hour - 2 hour
Listening to online radio 8 hours - 16 hours

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 13, 2011 at 20:44

That depends on the quality of the stream. Most internet radio / podcast apps indicate the 'speed' of a station or stream... I used to listen to a live stream that was all talk, so I chose the lowest speed of 16 kbs. If you get 500 MB per month and a MB = 1000 kb (appr), you know how many seconds you can listen for... get out your calculator, but again, it depends on the quality of the stream, the phone, etc etc. Also, any emails and browsing and tweets and uploads etc are part of those 500mb. Most networks will tell you 500 MB give you, e.g., an hour of youtube on the iPhone - over a months that isn't much. A radio stream without images obviously uses less data.
Does your network have a facility that allows you to check your usage? Look up how much you have left of your allowance? You could experiment - listen for 5 minutes, and check. For some phone OS's there are apps that can keep track of how much data you have used. Worth considering!

p-e-t-e  Feb. 14, 2011 at 08:38

Actually 1MB = 8000kb (approx) as B=Byte and b=bits and there are 8 bits in a Byte.

frodolovesthering  Feb. 14, 2011 at 09:09

If you're listening to a good quality broadcast of 128kbps, you'd probably get less than 10 hours listening time.

Good idea about the usage checker Jan.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 14, 2011 at 16:18

@ banana and @ p_e_t_e

Sorry, you're wrong, pete!
This is NOT about virtual storage etc etc...
When internet service providers talk about 1 or 500 MB, or the mention download speeds in mbs, they MEAN 1 mbs = 1000kbs.

And if you have a download speed of 100kbs and you download a jpeg file of 200kb, it WILL take appr 2 seconds!
The whole byte versus bit thing is confusing enough, and yes, a 120GB harddrive actually only is 111GB in storage, but when it comes to data add ons from ISP's and how they count MB's and KB's and mbs and kbs, I am right :p 1mbs = 1000kbs

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 14, 2011 at 16:19

p-e-t-e  Feb. 14, 2011 at 20:20

ACTUALLY I am correct and ALWAYS ARE.

Firstly I made no mention to it's context, and you have now changed M to m. Also you are totally wrong about ISP's

I used to work for one of the largest ISP's in the world.

Please get you facts correct before telling me I'm wrong.

If in doubt google it, then come back and apologise.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 14, 2011 at 21:01

Pete,
http://www.lyberty.com/encyc/articles/kb_kilobytes.html

I never said the info you posted was wrong - and anyways, I said what I said jokingly (emoticons). But the point I thought was that someone gets an allowance of 500 megabYtes download. A certain 'blob' of radio minutes equals so and so many kilobYtes... Mixing up file size conventions and stream speed conventions doesn't help. I was trying to give a guestimate for the OP to get an idea of what s/he can consume. Multiplying parts by 8 doesn't make that job easier LOL
Sorry, you are right. I'm scientifically wrong.
Now tell the OP how long they can listen to the radio ;)

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 14, 2011 at 21:02

...if all else fails, byte me :)

p-e-t-e  Feb. 14, 2011 at 21:33

Ok, here goes, this is a "rough" estimate as you have to factor in quite a few things including overheads.

if you are streaming a 128kb song, that would equate to 16k Bytes per second.

500MB/16kB=31,250 seconds or approx 8.5 hours

Unless I'm wrong ;-)

little12  Aug. 8, 2011 at 16:01

I have been looking on the o2 website and it says

500MB corresponds to - 1GB corresponds to
Basic webpages (mainly text) 5,000 - 10,000
Rich webpages (with multimedia, e.g. BBC) 1,500- 3,000
Basic e-mails 500,000 - 1,000,000
Rich e-mails (with attachments) 1,000 - 2,000
Downloading/streaming music 100 songs - 200 songs
Downloading/streaming video 1 hour - 2 hour
Listening to online radio 8 hours - 16 hours

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