In the era of cheap internet packages and the all-encompassing mobile technology, streaming music and movies is gaining importance. Unfortunately, hardly anyone preoccupied with how much data an hour consumes said solution.

The team from Android Central has developed a material in which it explains on specific examples what amounts of mobile data are downloaded during the playback of music and films in the streaming option. These numbers can surprise.

Streaming music and movies in numbers

Let's start with music, because it consumes much smaller amounts of data. For the lowest quality at 96 kbps, we're talking about 43.2 MB per hour of songs. The "normal" quality, or 160 kb / s, gives us 72 MB per hour, but problems start only at 320 kb / s. Then the hour of streaming music weighs over 115 MB .

These are, of course, averaged values depending on the quality of the link, on the specific work and the decision of the service provider itself. What does the issue of streaming video materials look like?

The lowest image quality, i.e. the video at 240p or 320p, means "expense" over 300 MB per hour. If we want to taste the quality of 480p, the so-called SD format, our package will be reduced by 700 MB per hour, and in the case of 720p it will be as much as 1.5 GB for 60 minutes. Most, as much as 7.2 GB per hour, will use streaming of 4K videos, popular recently UHD.

These values may seem quite modest, but if we assume that we listen to music at least an hour a day and add one movie about 2 hours long, we will get a daily expense of between 643 MB and up to 15 GB. As you can see, the difference is huge and it is worth, at least in some cases, to use lower quality in a packet connection. Of course, on condition that you do not want to expose yourself to too high costs of streaming.