I remember both ends of this equation entirely too well:
I would love to tell the 300 baud me from 1985 that the iTunes setup file is 107 meg.
— Rob (Flack) O'Hara (@Commodork) July 10, 2014
I asked him if he remembered a particular Commodore 64 file, about fourteen seconds of the Carl Douglas dance classic “Kung Fu Fighting,” which used every single one of the 38911 bytes set aside for BASIC programs plus several K more. Of course he had, and he directed me toward this loop:
Now the C64’s SID chip was capable of more than the usual electronics bloops and bleeps — it was just this side of a full-fledged synth — but I had never imagined that it could do that. Now we have music files that use more disk space than used to be available on hard drives.