Saturday, May 15, 2010
Screw you, record sleeves! A not-so-fond farewell to lousy music packaging
Yeah, what Esquivel said. Or whistled.
I've been on a real musical sentimental journey recently; why, just witness my fond recollection of 45 RPM label designs here.
No more! As of today, everything must go, starting with one of the music-related things I'm least sentimental about: the end of wasteful and just plain boneheaded music packaging.
If we can accept that Napster, free downloads, and iTunes killed the album - or at least the concept of paying for it - by turning it into something intangible, we can also accept that they may have saved us from these all-too-tangible - and terrible - "innovations:"
1. Bar codes
2. The unremovable "protective tape" across the top of the CD
3. The superfluous cardboard CD cover that hides the same CD cover beneath it
4. The longbox CD package
5. The everything-but-the-kitchen-sink CD package
6. Digipaks and jewel cases
7. Endless compilations featuring the same music
8. Endless reissues, remasters, and box sets
9. "Special" odd-sized CDs
10. The CD sleeve that not only protects, but traps the CD, so you can't remove it without amputating your hand