I’ve never liked jewel cases. Actually, I hate those three pieces of plastic. They crack and break. The thing that is suppose to hold the disc never holds it tightly so it spins, the spokes eventually break, and the disc get scratched. My biggest complaint is that for a small object they consume quite bit of space, thirty jewel cases need one foot of space on a shelf. Albums can be squeezed together tight on a shelf, but you’ll end up with a pile of cracked plastic if you try it with jewel cases. My living room walls are covered with Billy bookcases from Ikea to house my CD collection. Kevin Cole has a basement that is filled and people talk about in hushed tones of amazement. Most jewel case replacement options, like plastic sleeves or binder pages, don’t have space for the tray card, the back piece with track listings and the title spines. My sister replaced all of her jewel cases with sleeves and threw away the tray cards. I could never do that. I already feel short-changed on the amount of space that CD packaging has for information, I’m not getting rid of anything.
I was thrilled to discover MM Designsâ€™ DiscSox CD Pro storage sleeve, a perfect solution to jewel cases. The sleeve is made with clear high-quality vinyl and protective fabric. Booklets fit easy in the front with no worry about ripping them, even if they are thick (I can’t tell you how many booklets in my collection that have fallen victim to the little teeth of jewel cases). Each sleeve will fit a double CD. The surface of each disc faces fabric, keeping them dust free and cleaning them each time they are removed. The tray card fits along the back. Nifty.
I have fifty discs in DiscSox sleeves so far, which fit in the same space as thirteen CDs in jewel cases. I’ll eventually replace all the jewel cases, but it will take time with over 1000 CDs. Also on my wish-list is a Teal Blue Can-Am Media cabinet to keep my collect in. It’ll hold up to 2000 CDs in DiscSox sleeves, will accommodate other media, like DVD’s and VHS tapes, and can be expanded and modified to fit audio and video equipment. Can-Am even has cabinets that albums will fit in, which I’ll need to be thinking about since my record collection is traveling west this September after a fifteen year separation (more about that some other time).
I know exactly what to do with all those empty jewel cases once I’ve made the conversion to DiscSox sleeves, I’ll be able to recycle them by replacing the many broken ones in the KEXP library!