Developers! The Measure of Things is pleased to be opening sign-ups for the beta version of its API, which lets you integrate comparative measurements into your own web projects. Click here to learn more.
Bluebulb Projects presents:
The Measure of Things Logo
Step 1: What kind of measurement do you want to compare?
Length Icon (Ruler)
Length
Weight (Mass) Icon (Scale)
Weight
Speed Icon (Running Man)
Speed
Time Icon (Clock)
Time
Area Icon (Floorplan)
Area
Volume Icon (Beaker)
Volume
Computer Data Icon (Laptop)
Data

Click an icon above to choose a measurement type for comparison. This space will display an explanation as you move your mouse over the icons.
Unit

Amount




Equivalents in other units


How much is 271 bytes?

Sort Order:
Closest first | Highest first | Lowest first

It's about three times as much as a Magnetic Stripe Card.
In other words, the amount of a Magnetic Stripe Card is 0.3 times 271 bytes.
(maximum capacity; per ISO 7811 specification)
The storage capacity of a magnetic stripe on a credit or identification card is about 100 bytes. According to legend, Forrest Parry, the IBM engineer who developed the first magnetic stripe card in 1960, was able to solve the problem of adhering the strip to the card after his wife suggested using an iron.
It's about one-tenth as much as a Page of Text.
In other words, 271 bytes is 0.11 times the amount of a Page of Text, and the amount of a Page of Text is 9.1 times that amount.
(50 lines, 50 characters per line, ASCII encoding)
A 50-character-per-line, 50-line page of Latin alphabet text requires 2,500 bytes when digitally represented. The Google Books project, which has produced hundreds of millions of pages of digital text, used a robotic device to digitize over eight million titles at a rate of about 1,000 pages per second.
It's about one-five-thousand-five-hundredth as much as a Floppy Disk (3½-in).
In other words, 271 bytes is 0.000183784 times the amount of a Floppy Disk (3½-in), and the amount of a Floppy Disk (3½-in) is 5,441.17 times that amount.
(high density, IBM PC format)
Despite common reference to them as "1.44" megabyte (mB) disks, the actual capacity of the most common model of a 3&-in (8.9 cm) floppy disk is 1,474,560 bytes. At the height of their use 1996, there were an estimated five billion disks in use — nearly one for each person on Earth at the time.
It's about one-six-thousandth as much as a Digital Photo.
In other words, 271 bytes is 0.00017 times the amount of a Digital Photo, and the amount of a Digital Photo is 5,900 times that amount.
(5.3 megapixels, JPEG compression, 100% quality, 24 bits/pixel)
A 5.3-megapixel digital camera photo requires about 1,600,000 bytes of storage space. In 2010, it was expected that 90% of all professionally-taken photographs would be digital instead of film.
It's about one-ten-thousandth as much as a MP3 Song.
In other words, the amount of a MP3 Song is 10,000 times 271 bytes.
(a.k.a. MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, a.k.a. MPEG-2 Audio Layer 3) (128 Kbps, "near-CD-quality"; 3 minutes duration; average)
A three-minute song of typical quality will be about 3,000,000 bytes when encoded into MP3 format. The song Tom's Diner by Suzanne Vega was used by AT&T-Bell Labs engineer Karlheinz Brandenburg to test the compression process and is considered the first MP3 song.
It's about one-twenty-thousandth as much as The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.
In other words, the amount of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare is 20,000 times 271 bytes.
(ASCII, plain text)
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare would occupy about 5,600,000 bytes when written in plain text without formatting. These works include 38 definitively-attributed plays — 11 tragedies, 17 comedies, and 10 tragedies — as well as 154 sonnets and numerous other poems.
It's about 0.0000004 times as much as a Compact Disc.
In other words, 271 bytes is 0.0000003505 times the amount of a Compact Disc, and the amount of a Compact Disc is 2,853,000 times that amount.
(80-minute, 360,000 sector disc; "Red Book" specifications)
A typical, 80-minute capacity compact disc, commonly known as a 734,000,000 bytes disc will actually hold 773,100,000 bytes of data. Such disks are 1.2 mm (0.047 in) thick.