Cover art types for jewel cases

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#1

A jewel case will typically include a booklet, the front of which is the front of the release, and a back sheet including spines. It is not entirely clear how to map scans of these to the MusicBrainz cover art types.

  1. Should the front image also be marked as booklet? I think it makes sense considering that we use multiple choice types.
  2. Should then the back of the booklet also be marked as back? Probably not. In some cases it’s nearly identical to the other back, though, so it wouldn’t be a stretch to mark it as such.
  3. Most people would probably not scan this, but I like to scan the backside of the back sheet. You could argue for marking it as back along with the actual back side, but that’s probably not a good idea. I usually mark it as other.
  4. Should the back be marked as both back and spine, assuming the entire sheet is scanned? I think so, but it probably isn’t what you would expect from an imaged marked spine.
  5. Any recommendations on order? The how to notes that the order has an impact in some cases. I think a front to back ordering (front of booklet, inside of booklet, back of booklet, innermost side of back sheet, back, medium) makes sense. Maybe the medium should be moved inbetween the booklet and the back sheet.

These are just some thoughts of mine. I think the first question might me the most controversial. If you agree or disagree, please tell me your thoughts!


#2
  1. Yes. It is both the front of the packaging itself and a part of the booklet, and that should be reflected in the cover art types.
  2. No. The back is the back of the release: “The back of the package of an audio recording, this will often contain the track listing, barcode and copyright information.”
  3. The cover art type “Tray” was created for just this purpose.
  4. I usually only use “Back”, but I really should use “Back” + “Spine”.
  5. I usually just start at the front of the package and work my way down. So first the front, then the booklet, then the disc, tray, back etc. It doesn’t really matter though.

#3

My method is to basically enter them in the order they’d be seen as you “experienced” the package:

First you look at the outside so:

  1. front
  2. back + spine
  3. maybe some _sticker_s on the outside.

Then you open it up:
4. medium
5. booklet back side

Then you take the disk out (now you can see the art underneath) and put it in a player, and perhaps read the booklet before/while you listen:
6. tray
7. booklet remaining pages, or other artwork as applicable


#4

I try to order things directly from top to bottom of the release, as that seems quite a consistent and predictable way to do it.
So same as:[quote=“mfmeulenbelt, post:2, topic:141379”]
I usually just start at the front of the package and work my way down. So first the front, then the booklet, then the disc, tray, back etc. It doesn’t really matter though.
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‘Extra’ things like inserts, posters and download codes I put at the end though, not where they were in the package.

Would be great if people would use back + spine as that’s totally accurate, and that kind of scan is a bit different to one where the spine has been cropped out.
I always scan the tray, because why not!


#5

Thanks, you’re super helpful!