It's about as much as a Floppy Disk (3½-in).
(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 1,440 kilobytes. 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 nine-tenths as much as a Digital Photo.
In other words, 1,440 kilobytes is 0.940 times the amount of a Digital Photo, and the amount of a Digital Photo is 1.10 times that amount.(5.3 megapixels, JPEG compression, 100% quality, 24 bits/pixel)
A 5.3-megapixel digital camera photo requires about 1,500 kilobytes of storage space. In 2010, it was expected that 90% of all professionally-taken photographs would be digital instead of film.
It's about half as much as a MP3 Song.
In other words, the amount of a MP3 Song is 2 times 1,440 kilobytes.(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 kilobytes 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-fourth as much as The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.
In other words, 1,440 kilobytes is 0.270 times the amount of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, and the amount of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare is 3.70 times that amount.(ASCII, plain text)
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare would occupy about 5,400 kilobytes 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 one-five-hundredth as much as a Compact Disc.
In other words, 1,440 kilobytes is 0.001907 times the amount of a Compact Disc, and the amount of a Compact Disc is 524.40 times that amount.(80-minute, 360,000 sector disc; "Red Book" specifications)
A typical, 80-minute capacity compact disc, commonly known as a 716,800 kilobytes disc will actually hold 755,000 kilobytes of data. Such disks are 1.2 mm (0.047 in) thick.
It's about 600 times as much as a Page of Text.
In other words, 1,440 kilobytes is 610 times the amount of a Page of Text, and the amount of a Page of Text is 0.0016 times that amount.(50 lines, 50 characters per line, ASCII encoding)
A 50-character-per-line, 50-line page of Latin alphabet text requires 2.40 kilobytes 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-three-thousandth as much as an HDTV Television Show (30 Minutes).
In other words, 1,440 kilobytes is 0.000326 times the amount of an HDTV Television Show (30 Minutes), and the amount of an HDTV Television Show (30 Minutes) is 3,070 times that amount.(a.k.a. High Definition television, a.k.a. HD) (digital signal, QAM-256; 30 minutes)
Broadcast cable HDTV signals contain about 2,460 kilobytes of data per second, or 4,420,000 kilobytes in a thirty-minute television show. The first High Definition television broadcast was news footage from John Glenn's 1998 mission on the space shuttle Discovery.