Digipaks are shit

Ron The Bear

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Jul 4, 2006
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Cardboard is not hard-wearing, edges get worn, marks from spillages etc are permanent. Sometimes come in a plastic slip which damages the digipak further when removing/inserting. CD's are frequently difficult to extract and the discs typically suffer scratching in the process. Digipaks encourage ripping in order to avoid damage, and ripped files have a habit of being distributed.

I'll pay another dollar for a decent jewel case FFS. Rant over.
 

DroopStDanny

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Apr 12, 2016
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Correct. Digipaks are shit. What I do with any CD that comes in a digipak is remove the disc and place it in a paper or mylar plastic cd sleeve and then put that, along with the digipak, in a ziplock sandwich bag. No need to handle the digipak ever again to play the disc.
 

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hellboy1975

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Meh, I don't see any reason to buy a jewel case CD at all these days. I'd rather just buy a FLAC version or something. Digipacks sometimes have decent artwork which is worth checking out.
 

Ron The Bear

Heartbreakers, with your 44
Jul 4, 2006
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Meh, I don't see any reason to buy a jewel case CD at all these days. I'd rather just buy a FLAC version or something. Digipacks sometimes have decent artwork which is worth checking out.
Many will argue that CD's detract from the experience of owning music in comparison to vinyl. You'd put the record on, marvel at the cover art, flip it over and read the liner notes, then read the gatefold/sleeve notes if applicable. The artwork often goes under-appreciated in miniature on CD, even if the liner notes are usually present. Electronic storage and streaming take that diminished experience to an extreme.

My music all gets converted to .flac anyway and is played via Roon. It's a slightly different experience which compensates to an extent for the absence of the covers. In combination with a Tidal subscription, you can get lost for hours just browsing the different musical connections to an album.

Besides, it's a simple pleasure to cast your eye over your music collection stored in an orderly manner, and to be able to show it off to guests.

Then there are the rarities simply not available to purchase electronically. Maybe it's a psychological or generational thing, as given a choice between a hard copy of a book/magazine/newspaper and a cheaper electronic equivalent, I'll opt for the hard copy most of the time.

The cardboard on some 90's digipak releases was of particularly poor quality and it's difficult to find some of these in good condition. Sometimes the online vendors cheat by cropping the edges of the photo to hide the damage, but I pretty much put a line through those items.

Jewel cases I'm less fussed about as I've got most of my CD's in high quality Allsop Strong Box cases.
 
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Richard Cranium

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Apr 16, 2008
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I much prefer the digipak over the jewel case.

They allow for more interesting artwork and don't break if dropped from anything more than 30cm above the floor.

:thumbsu::thumbsu:
 

PoppedCorn

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Dec 29, 2009
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Wish I'd never sold that Burn My Eyes digi
Signed by all of em except the drummer who didn't come here on that tour

I'll buy digi if it's avl every time
 

deathevocation

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Apr 8, 2006
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back when i had one of those cd towers, they didn't have a place to go. nowadays they're on a bookshelf and their odd sizing still causes some issues.

Classic album but that first pressing was a ******* annoying size.
 

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