Digipaks are a type of packaging made out of card stock or other heavy paper/cardboard material and can be used for CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays. Digipaks typically open like a book; however, there are other stylessuch as the 3-part digipak: one portion opens to the right, one to the left, and one or more plastic trays holding a disc inside.
Usually, the portion of the digipak that holds the CD/DVD/Blu-ray Disc is made of plastic like a traditional jewel case – the plastic part is attached to the paper backgroundand has special ‘teeth’ or a hub to secure the disc in place.
Digipaks were first created by MeadWestvaco, and their product, called Digi-Pak, is trademarked. However, as the format became more popular and began to be used by more manufacturers, the generic “digipak” came to be used to describe all soft disc packaging.
- • They look professional and many musicians, photographers, designers and others like to use them for aesthetic reasons.
- • The digipak panels or sleevesallow for more design options because there is more surface area to cover.
- • Digipaks don’t crack like jewel cases do, but they can rip and eventually the paper may peel and separate.So a UV coating is recommended to preserve the outer portion of the package, ensuring greater longevity.
- • Digipaks can be more environmentally friendly than jewel cases because they can be made of recycled paper or sustainable materials.For example, this recycled digipak tray was made from sugarcane.
Digipaks are great for a variety of uses: CD singles, special edition CD albums, limited releases of DVD and Blu-rays, and many others.