History:Next Generation Schema/Release Packaging

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Any format:

  • Clear vinyl sleeve (picture disc etc.)
  • Paper/Cardboard Sleeve
    • Simple sleeves and folding ones
    • (note: in the current ngs database, this is listed as "Paper Sleeve". If we're actually going to have this much detail, some users are going to list "Other" for cardboard or plastic sleeves. Maybe we should just go with "Sleeve".) Torc 03:03, 18 May 2011 (UTC)
  • Four- or five-sided slipcase (the five-sided ones normally being thicker) containing Jewel Case, Super Jewel Box, Digipak (I've got all of those --Shepard 18:18, 22 May 2011 (UTC)) or for box sets
  • Cardboard box containing Jewel Cases, Slim Jewel Cases, Digipaks, cardboard sleeves etc. - In this case the different mediums can even come in different sub-packaging. - I've got several of those from the artists Ayreon, Transatlantic, Threshold, Stratovarius. --Shepard 18:37, 22 May 2011 (UTC)
  • A (non-wooden) box
  • Gatefold (not a packaging type per se, but a property of certain packaging types that would be useful to catalog).
  • Funny/Fancy/Novelty pack, perhaps as "Custom Case" (I've got a penguin shaped CD box)
  • Picture frame (very rare but as a collector you come across strangest types of packaging)
  • Wooden box (some Connoisseur Collection CD's came in a wooden box)
  • Lunchbox
  • miniature milk crate (I've been seeing a bunch of these milk crate CDs at sites I've worked at; they have the CD and a t-shirt. BrianSchweitzer 18:29, 22 March 2010 (UTC))
  • None (no packaging: essentially standard for digital media releases.) - .zip files? ;-) --Shepard 17:45, 22 May 2011 (UTC)

CD / DVDs:

  • See the Wikipedia article
  • Jewel Case
    • Slim Jewel Case
    • Apparently there's a CD Single case which is, in slimness, between the regular Jewel Case and the slim one: picture, description in German --Shepard 18:18, 22 May 2011 (UTC)
  • Digipak
  • Japanese 8cm CD single long style package ex.1 ex.2
  • Keep Case
  • Ecopack
  • Super Jewel Box - with sub-types for the sizes Standard, Plus, King combined with the variations One/Two, Fliptray, Slim and Multi-box? --Shepard 18:18, 22 May 2011 (UTC)
  • CD / DVD as part of a book, common with training CD/DVD's (in fact this isn't a packaging)
  • Double Case (This needs more detail. What kind of double/triple/quad case? Torc 03:20, 18 May 2011 (UTC) )
  • Triple Case
  • Quad Case
  • Tin box containing Jewel Case -- jacobbrett 01:35, 24 March 2010 (UTC)
  • Obis! Around the spine and even over the top!
  • (please add new types here)


  • Jacket
  • Box

7" singles:

  • Picture sleeve
  • Generic sleeve (plain or record label logo)


  • J-card case (aka "standard" cassette case)
  • polybox
  • cardboard sleeve
  • double case

Wax cylinders:

  • canister
  • Cardboard box

Some links to shops where you can buy various cases and other media packaging, just to get on overview over variations: