KBPS stands for Kilobit per Second, the rate of kilobits downloaded in one second. For example, if your computer's internet speed is 1 Kbps (It is not possible, it is given as an example only). It means that you will download 1000 bits of data per second with your computer.

The concept of Kilobit is compared to Kilobyte as a similar concept. Technically speaking, a Kilobyte equals 1,024 bytes of data and is written in capital letters as KB.

Therefore, the Kbps value has no relation with Kilobytes. Kbps should not be confused with KBps since the small "b" is used to denote bits whereas the capital "B" would mean a byte, which is a group of 8 bits. A kilobit would refer to 1,000 bits however a kilobyte would refer to 8,000 bits.

Recent innovations and improvements in the industry has led to faster speeds, removing the common use of Kbps and replacing it with data speeds measured with Mbps, and even Gbps. 1 Mbps is equivalent to 1,000 Kbps or 1,000,000 bps. 1Gbps is equal to 1,000,000 Kbps or 1 billion bps.

Kbps Calculation

Calculating Kbps is actually a very simple mathematical operation that is far from terms. First we need to convert Kbps to values that we can understand ourselves. For this reason, we have to divide the Kbps value we have by 8 and convert kilobits to kilobytes. Therefore, as a result of this division of 8192 Kbps = 1024 Kbps, that is, 1 KB.


Kbps in Music

It varies according to the quality and usage area, for example; There are recording qualities of 64-96-128-192-256-320 Kbps, but also VBR (variable bit rate) and CBR (fixed bit rate) are mostly used for live broadcasts, concerts, etc.

With this technology, which is also used in recordings, the compression quality changes automatically at the required timings depending on the situation. In this way, it saves space. But this technique can be an obstacle for many professionals (video-music montage) because audio synchronization between vbr and cbr may not work.

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