# Megabits or Megabytes? What is the difference?

#### moon982

##### Posts: 101   +27
Some people say one magabits per second and some people say one megabytes per second. What is the difference between the two and what is bigger megabytes or megabits. And some thing is 10 megabits or 10 megabytes what is bigger number?

#### wiyosaya

##### Posts: 7,828   +6,808
Some people say one magabits per second and some people say one megabytes per second. What is the difference between the two and what is bigger megabytes or megabits. And some thing is 10 megabits or 10 megabytes what is bigger number?
megabytes is bigger than megabits. Mega, in general, means one-million - 1,000,000. Generally, a byte, in computer speak, is made up of 8-bits. Thus, in bits, a megabyte is 8,000,000 bits, and a megabit is simply 1,000,000 bits.

As to your last question, since a byte is bigger than a bit, which do you think is the larger number?

#### captaincranky

##### Posts: 18,802   +7,725
Petabytes trumps them all.

#### Athlonite

##### Posts: 343   +129
It's easy figure out 1 Megabit is = to 0.125 MegaBytes
or if you like it this way 1 MegaByte = 7.629395 Megabits
also the nomenclature for Megabit and MegaByte are not the same
Megabit = Mb
MegaByte = MB