Have you ever tried to play a CD that is scratched? It can be quite frustrating and could leave you angry and aggravated. This is where disc packaging makes all the difference. It keeps your CD, or any other disc, protected from damage, whether you're lending it to a friend, ordering it online or even buying it from your local electronics store. Just like one size doesn't fit all, there are a variety of CD covers available depending on the usage of the CD or its pricing. CDs which contain sensitive and incredibly vital information are usually held in high priced, robust CD covers.
The variety of disc packaging available in the market:
1. Jewel Case: This is by far the most popular kind of CD packaging, and it is used extensively. It is a rigid plastic case with a hinged door that snaps closed, and a centre hub to keep the CD safe and securely in place to avoid any damage to it. To give information about what the CD inside the case contains, the front cover includes a slot for holding a booklet or any artwork. The back is also designed in such a way that it can hold materials such as information about the disk, or artwork.
2. Slimline Case: As its name suggests, these cases are slimmer than the jewel cases. The front is designed just like the front of a standard jewel case while the back is a one-piece plastic tray. The main advantage over a typical jewel case is that these are lighter, smaller and easier to transport.
3. Slim Double Case: Here, the CD tray of the slimline Case becomes a thin double case that is hinged close to the spine. The main benefit is the fact that it can hold two CDs on each side.
4. Chubby CD Jewel Case: Also aptly called the 'fatty case', these cases are especially useful for having the same layout and look of a jewel case, while being able to hold multiple discs in a single case.
5. Clamshell Cases: The name says it all. Designed just like a clamshell, they are a great way to protect the CDs. They hold them closely and keep them safe from scratches.
6. Paper Sleeve: These are the least expensive type of case, and made of soft transparent plastic. As they're not so sturdy, this kind of packaging is mainly used for promotional and demo discs.
7. Digipak: These cases are made of cardboard, with a plastic moulded tray is connected to the case. Screen Printing can be done on the cardboard case, along with being able to insert a booklet into the interior sleeve.
8. FLPpak: It is a digipak to which additional protection has been included. There is a robust plastic cover on the top, bottom, and opening. It even comes with a tough plastic tab attached
to the case's opening. It is hinged to the back, and with this, the case can be snapped shut.
With the right kind of packaging, a CD can be maintained to get a much longer shelf life than it otherwise would. Depending on the need and purpose of the CD the packaging should be chosen.