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Jewel Cases vs Digipaks?

poll How do you like your CDs?
Traditional jewel cases
Newfangled Digipaks
Tiny little wallets
CDs are for grandpas. Just give me the downloads.
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Jewel Cases vs Digipaks?

Posted on Fri, Sep 17, 2010

So I've decided this time around that I'm going to do another professional pressing, as I did with "Only Whispering". I'd rather have spent those millions of hours making music, rather than hunched over a paper cutter. Plus, this new CD is going to be really, really good. :) I'm trying to decide which route to go, and I want to know what you guys like.

It's between the old faithful clear plastic jewel cases and the newfangled Digipaks (those eco-friendly hard paper ones). I used to be a Digipak hater, since they didn't look the same as the rest of my CDs, but now (a) they're much more common, and (b) I don't really buy many physical CDs anymore. The Digis have the advantage of being smaller and lighter for shipping. On the minus side, it's the cork vs. screwcap argument, and they're a little more expensive (but the gap has narrowed, and with the lower shipping costs, it's probably a wash). 

There are also those craaazy small wallet packages, where it's basically just a sleeve for the CD, but those seem like they'd be really unsatisfying. 

So what say you?

   Discussion: Jewel Cases vs Digipaks?
Miranda Rife (anon) · 6 years, 2 months ago
I would say digipaks, mostly because I always manage to crack the plastic on jewel cases!
bobbyblues (anon) · 6 years, 2 months ago
Personnaly I love Digipaks! Also I live abroad, so the lighter the better :)
Chas Harker (anon) · 6 years, 2 months ago
like digipaks but its only packaging so jewel cases digis or metal boxset with rare dvd t-shirt personal momento etc all fine aslong as the music hasnt been left at the designers!
Jamie Dull (anon) · 6 years, 2 months ago
I like the idea of what was mentioned above. Maybe you can have a couple different packages available that include a free special edition tee shirt, or live rare performances, or something like that. I know as a fan, I'd totally be down to purchase a special limited edition album (digipak of course) that contains a few rare goodies!
Ian Griffin (anon) · 6 years, 2 months ago
personally, i prefer the jewel case, but all my other CDs are Digipaks. i would not mind either, but feel as if the digipaks are flimsy.
Durand (anon) · 6 years, 2 months ago
Digipaks definitely, jewel cases aren't really anything special in my opinion.
Torben (anon) · 6 years, 1 month ago
Either one would be fine with me. Jewels cases tend to get break easier (I know digipacks could be destroyed easily, but I never had that problem, but I have a lot of broken jewel cases), but they protect the cd better. Thinking about it...I would prefer digipacks. As I live in Europe the shipping cost savings might be higher than the increased price of the packs, so in my case Josh might earn more money ;-) So, put me down for digipacks, although I will buy your CDs no matter what case they are in.
Marissa (anon) · 6 years, 1 month ago

go for the cardboard! I work in radio and have a gazillion CDs and whoever designed the easy-to-break plastic jewel case should be banned from designing anything ever again.

Sven K (anon) · 6 years ago

Hey Josh, I really like your Music. My Audience does so too. I'm doing a Show on our Campus-Radio every 2nd Week (Wensday 8pm CEST/CEDT) dedicated to CC-Musik. The Social-critisism, the conciousness of your lyrics really hits the european way of thinking. hope to hear from you (see you on jamendo) go on passing free musical culture! We love it in Germany. sincerely Sven

Tom Scruggs (anon) · 6 years ago
Download whenever possible. There's no eco-waste other than the electricity used and hopefully you will be multi-tasking to keep that as efficient as possible.
Florian Neumüller (anon) · 6 years ago

go eco!

choose digipacks, this is also more unique than plastiv stuff.

Steven MacKendree · 5 years, 11 months ago
I've been amassing a CD collection for close to 20 years now, and one thing that I've found is how much more personal a digipack seems to be. Anyone can put some liner notes and a back cover into a jewel case, but a digipack can become more like art if done right.
mark walter (anon) Back · 5 years, 9 months ago

My name is Mark Walter and i will like to know if you can please quote me
on  this Jewel Case if you have in stock with the following spec.

The standard CD jewel case is commonly used for music albums in retail
Dimensions: 125mm x 145mm x 10mm
black tray.

Please provide quote of 20.000 pieces of them if you have in stock.Include
your name and contact#,How soon do you think this can be ready for pick-up
at your location,also let me know if you accepted credit card as payment,Try
as mach as you can to get back to me asap God  Bless  You
Mark Walter

Chas Harker (anon) · 5 years, 11 months ago
ordered Ashes anyway so will find out when it crosses the Atlantic but what did you decide jewel or digi?
Josh Woodward Back · 5 years, 11 months ago


Thanks so much for your support! You'll be getting a digipak :)

BOC (anon) · 5 years, 9 months ago

the main reason i buy cds, aside from buying downloads is paying for something that cannot be seen or felt, is because of the gorgeous artwork on the inserts.  The digipak just gets ruined over time while the jewel cases protect the images and dont fall apart. (and anyone can go buy a new jewel case if the old one breaks)

L.W. (anon) · 5 years, 7 months ago
Yeah, I still like the jewel cases myself. It protects better, and you can easily pop out the back panel and put all of the stuff into a new jewel case if it breaks. That being said, I believe that if you have someone autograph a CD, then have then sign the front insert/booklet or the disk itself and NOT the case, cuz they do get broke easy.
Bradley Eaton (anon) · 5 years, 4 months ago
Hi Josh, I'm pretty much new to your music, but I came across this debate on your site and found it interesting. To be honest, I find it hard to choose between jewel cases and digipacks. I agree with the 2 latest posts before me about the advantages of jewel cases, once a digipack is wrecked, that's it. It also depends on how the CD is placed inside the digipack, if it is on a plastic spindle tray, I've had experiences of air bubbles underneath the plastic, and in some cases, the plastic tray coming away from the cardboard. Also, with digipacks, if they get wet, they're pretty much ruined. Personally, if I take CDs places, I'd much rather have them in jewel cases, but at home in digipacks. Another downer with digipacks is I don't like putting them in my CD rack in case they're destroyed along the sides. At least with jewel cases, they're replacable.
Bradley Eaton (anon) · 5 years, 4 months ago

Sorry, I thought I'd also mention that the only way I like the CD wallets is when they're original vinyl LPs replicated onto CD. Even then, I prefer to have a protective CD wallet inside the artwork like they did with the vinyls.

gerry-t. fuchs (anon) · 5 years ago
there was a template for a cd-cover in the collection for i am using this template always, styled with clips and fotos from web or private camera. so far, i may recycle the paper cover softly and there is no neccessary for using plastic jewel cases. second it is better for nature, to use recycled paper and first ... it is more cheaper ! oooups ... i forgot: it needs less of room in the cupboard.
Graham Raffan (anon) · 4 years, 1 month ago
Jewel Case every time. I'm a bit OCD when it comes to CDs and I like them stacked neatly. Less CDs are being sold nowadays so it is important to give the customer the choice. There are several albums I purposely havn't bought as I can't get it in a jewel case.
(linda ocallahan) (anon) · 3 years, 11 months ago
jewel cases break They cost more to send(we have a business which sells cd's) Many customers tell us they take cd's out of the jewel boxes as soon as they receive them.
Daniel Baruch (anon) · 3 years, 9 months ago
One of my digipaks were unfortunate enough to get wet. The thing bloated up like a balloon. I've never had a problem with jewel cases breaking.

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