What is a megabyte, and why do I need to know this?

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1 Megabtye (MB) =

  • 1 LARGE image (2000 pixels)
  • 1 page PDF 
  • 1 minute of music
  • 1000 pages of text
  • second of video
  • 1 minute to download*
Unless you're using video, you rarely need more than 1 Megabyte, like you rarely need more than one suitcase! Even if you use video, it should really never be more than 1 minute (60MB) for online use.
*Download speed is measured in Megabits per second (Mbps) there are 8 megabits in one megabyte. Our school download speed is FAST (about 100 Mbps), but when it is shared across every student in a classroom, it's more like 5-8 (100/20=5) Mbps per student. So 1MB of data would take about 1 minute to download.


  • Last Updated Mar 12, 2018
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  • Answered By Seán McHugh

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