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What does "Digipak" mean when buying CD's?

post #1 of 24
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I hit a term a few times that means nothing to me and I finally decided to ask about it. The term "digipak" that they put after the title of a CD in listings on Amazon, half.com, and eBay... Can anyone explain this one to me? There is a CD on eBay that is closing Thursday like this and I would like to know what I am buying before I put in a bid.

thanks in advance...

Mahkook
post #2 of 24
IIRC, it means the cd comes in a cardboard flip-out case rather than a standard plastic hinged case.
post #3 of 24
I distinctly remember the original digipaks were originally designed to replace the "long-box" that cd's used to come in, presuming they were more eco-friendly, as the packaging became the product... The original digipak was somewhat long and then would fold down into the size of a standard jewel case, it somehow had a flexible plastic frame around the outsdie edges...record companies produced very few of these.
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Originally Posted by uncle b
The original digipak was somewhat long and then would fold down into the size of a standard jewel case, it somehow had a flexible plastic frame around the outsdie edges...record companies produced very few of these.
I remember that.....I remember one of Sting's album came in the folding digipak.

Gawd....I hate digipak
post #5 of 24
Right, usually this means cardboard packaging instead of the regular jewel case (CD) or super jewel case (often SACD, now also seen with CD). Also known as "won't fit in", "won't stay shut" or "collects dust like crazy"
post #6 of 24
Also known by the following names:

Dented
Scratched
Creased
Wrinkled
Scuffed
post #7 of 24
It seems to me that they should always use externally durable designs if they are going to use digipak, though that might increase costs too much. The JVC XRCD cases I have are the non-jewel case, single CD cases that are the most externally durable, although those early ones with the slip covers were lame, as they scratched the CD in my experience.
post #8 of 24
I love the digipak. If a CD is in a digipak, I'm about 3 times more likely to buy it. There's absolutely no practical reason why, other than I think they're great. If I ever release a CD, you better believe it's going to be in a digipak.
post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by Oliver :)
Right, usually this means cardboard packaging instead of the regular jewel case (CD) or super jewel case (often SACD, now also seen with CD). Also known as "won't fit in", "won't stay shut" or "collects dust like crazy"
Collects dust like crazy? Not if you listen to all of your CDs on a regular basis!
post #10 of 24
I love digipaks. The CDs is more special because the case is custom. With jewel cases, you can take out the booklet and just use another jewel case. This is somehow creates a feeling of substitutability. With Digipaks you can't do that, which means that not one part of the CD is exchangeable making the entire package absolutely unique. Also, a lot more love for detail has to go into the design of a Digipak than normal booklets and I'm sure the costs are higher, too. I'd happily add an extra buck or two to get the same CD in a digipak.
post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by fante7
Collects dust like crazy? Not if you listen to all of your CDs on a regular basis!
All 19:08:21:54 of it?
post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by Oliver :)
Right, usually this means cardboard packaging instead of the regular jewel case (CD) or super jewel case (often SACD, now also seen with CD). Also known as "won't fit in", "won't stay shut" or "collects dust like crazy"
Don't forget "broken retaining tabs"...my personal favorite, since you can't replace the piece that holds the CD (like a jewel case). How many of you have received a "new" digipac that's already got one or two broken retaining tabs and won't hold your CD?
post #13 of 24
Digipack means that if you can get the regular edition in a jewel case, just get it and forget the digipacks, they really suck, those cardboard boxes are really a pain in the neck, and sooner or later you ended replacing the CD because of two things:

-first the CD got damaged because the usual in and out on the carton inserts or

-second the cardboard has a plastic insert, better than the first case, but then the digipack get damaged itself, ruining the artwork, because of the wear,

I don't know whose brilliant idea was that but unfortunately another really bad one....

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Originally Posted by saint.panda
I love digipaks. The CDs is more special because the case is custom. With jewel cases, you can take out the booklet and just use another jewel case. This is somehow creates a feeling of substitutability. With Digipaks you can't do that, which means that not one part of the CD is exchangeable making the entire package absolutely unique. Also, a lot more love for detail has to go into the design of a Digipak than normal booklets and I'm sure the costs are higher, too. I'd happily add an extra buck or two to get the same CD in a digipak.
Really do you feel that way? It seems that there is no one size fit all in that neither eh???
post #14 of 24
To mean, "digipak" means "DON'T BUY ME"!

I HATE digipaks. The cardboard corners get dinged up, sometimes the paper peels off the cardboard (especially at the corners), you have to wear rubber gloves if you don't want to get fingerprints all over them, the CD trays come unglued, and the CD tray spindle gripper things break. And I really hate it when they glue the booklet to the digipak, like in those gigantic digipak foldout things that are absolutely impossible to handle.

I know that jewel cases are kinda big and fragile, but at least you can replace them if they break.

What I don't understand is how major labels can hype digipaks as being DELUXE packaging.

Jeffery
post #15 of 24
I like digipacks because they are closer to LPs. I would like to have my entire CD collection in digipack form.
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