Today’s Media File Sizes – What’s Average?

by , March 6, 2013

Sending media files can be challenging: FTP is slow and unreliable, attachment size limits often prevent sending via email and shipping on physical storage solutions is costly and can take days to deliver.

The issues associated with transferring media files including security, reliability, efficient workflow integration, and many others. But the overriding issue is the speed of the transfer, often slowed by today’s large format media files.

For a better understanding of how much data is being moved when you’re transferring different types of media files, see the chart below for an overview of average sizes of today’s media files, by file type.

Average Media File Sizes MediaFileSizes

As shown in the chart, richer types of media (ex. videos vs. ebooks) have higher file sizes. Furthermore, newer file types (4K video files vs. HD video files) tend to also have higher file sizes. It’s also important to keep in mind that uncompressed formats are even larger than the file sizes listed here. For example, an average mp3 file is approximately 3.5 mb but an uncompressed song is closer to 50 mb in size.

While compression is useful in most cases, professionals in media typically need to work on uncompressed files during a project. As shown in the chart, richer types of media (ex. videos vs. ebooks) have higher file sizes. Furthermore, newer file types (4K video files vs. HD video files) tend to also have higher file sizes. It’s also important to keep in mind that uncompressed formats are even larger than the file sizes listed here. For example, an average mp3 file is approximately 3.5 mb but an uncompressed song is closer to 50 mb in size. While compression is useful in most cases, professionals in media typically need to work on uncompressed files during a project.

As files grow in size they become challenging to move using traditional file transfer methods. This is where file transfer acceleration comes in, turning transfers that can take hours or even days into transfers only taking a few minutes.

For more on accelerating large file transfers, see our whitepaper: Accelerating File Transfers.

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  4. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_average_size_of_an_mp3_file
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