Listening to radio on internet -

  Infox 16:16 09 Mar 2006

How much data per minute is used to listen to streamed radio on the internet with broadband?

I've heard it's about 3.3Mb/min. I'm using up my limit too rapidly.

  Stuartli 16:32 09 Mar 2006

I think you mean kbps rather than MB...:-)

It averages (with the BBC website) about 50kbps but I use my Twinhan Freeview PCI TV card to listen to Wogan etc even though I have unlimited BB.

  Stuartli 16:34 09 Mar 2006

The 50kbps is a running figure...

  Infox 15:21 10 Mar 2006

Thanks Stuartli.

I got that figure of 3.3Mb/min from Pipex tech help as I was asking why my 1GB usage/month was 90% used in 3 days. Apart from gentle surfing and emailing( with two others)my listening to the BBC radio is the only 'heavy' stuff I do.

Initially he said that radio used about the same as surfing but checked another who told him that high figure! It did seem wrong but they 'should know'.

Hey, 50kbps is 50 X 60 per min which is 3Mbps, no? Pipex said 56kbps which does make 3.36Mbpm!!

Am I getting mixed up here?

  Stuartli 15:31 10 Mar 2006

1024kbps = 1Mbps

1MB = 1 million bytes

1GB = 1,000,000,000 (billion) bytes

At an average of 50kbps you would be using 3,000kbps a minute.

  Stuartli 15:31 10 Mar 2006

You can read more about the subject at:

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  Infox 11:42 11 Mar 2006

Thanks for that.

So it was correct - 3000kbps is 3Mbps.

I found in PCW magazine (June 2005, p 93)on broadband subjects that they say listening to radio(not digital) uses 9MB/45MB per hour!!

But according to Pipex it is 3.3 X 60 =198MB per hour!! Some discrepancy here - I wonder what's up?

  Infox 11:44 11 Mar 2006


You listen to digital streaming, no? Would that use less download data, perhaps there lies the difference - what do you think?

  Stuartli 13:15 11 Mar 2006

No, I use my Freeview PCI TV card as I stated earlier...:-)

No BB use at all this way.

I think, by the way, that you are thinking that your use of internet radio is taking up vast quantities of your BB limit.

But you would need 999.9999MB to reach a gigabyte and that's quite a lot of radio listening...:-)

  Infox 16:20 18 Mar 2006


Been away from this for a bit.
You say that 1000MB is a lot of radio listening but at 200 MB/ hour(Pipex) that's only 5 hours and with a 1GB cap/month and 3 people using it that is nothing.
Yes 1GB is also nothing(we were misinformed about what we would need)so we pay up for the extra.
Thanks again for your input.

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