Our list of packaging types includes several variants of jewel cases, but lacks the type of jewel case which was commonly used for CD singles. I call it a single jewel case, and I’ve also seen it called a maxi single case. It is different from a slim jewel case.
I really hope you know what I mean, because I couldn’t find a good photo of a single jewel case that shows all the characteristics that make it different. I’ll try to describe them below.
Single jewel case is thicker than a slim jewel case, but not as thick as a regular jewel case.
Slim jewel case doesn’t have any space for artwork on a spine and in the back. Single jewel case does.
Artwork insert for a single jewel case has a characteristic shape, with parts of insert on the top and bottom being cut out. This is because the hinges take some space in the box, and a part of insert must be cut out to fit the box.
Example scan of an insert from a single jewel case (front, spine and back). Cut out parts are visible in the top and bottom left.
I think a single jewel case is distinct enough that we should add to our list of packaging types. What do you think?
I have added plenty of CD singles, and related artwork. I agree with @jesus2099. This is just another example of MB messing with language a bit. What they mean is what we expect - thin MUSIC CD single cases. The thin things like in the example photo. I expect this is why they show the different types behind the link.
They are both physically “slim” in size.
What is really missing is a way of properlly attaching a type to the artwork. The closest we can do with that image is a “front \ spine \ back”. Which seems odd as there is not really a “back” to a slim CD case. Artwork types are way too limited. (see also missing gatefold artwork type that could be used for a digipak…)
After reading your replies I looked at the example photos again. The first two might actually be photos of “single jewel case” type, but the pictures are small and it’s very hard to see the details.
The three remaining photos on that page are clearly of “computer” slim jewel cases - and the consensus seems to be that it’s not what we mean by “slim jewel case” in MusicBrainz.
So to avoid further confusion some doumentation improvements are needed. I think we could use better pictures and maybe a clear statement that “slim jewel case” does not mean “computer” slim jewel case in MusicBrainz. Unless we want to lump these two together, which is not a good idea IMO.
A couple of posts in a forum that most users do not visit is not really a “consensus”.
Totally agree that the images need cleaning up, but those images are the best way to say “MB defines slim as all of these”. It is taking slim as in thin\narrow. I expect the majority of “slim jewel case” in MB will be of the standard single type. 95% of the time with the standard J-Card insert.
What you call a “single jewel case” other call a “slim jewel case”. The fun of language. To me, a “single jewel case” is one with just one CD inside. i.e. a standard jewel case.
Many more types of packaging need adding before then. @jesus2099 noted some above.
An example I would like to see are those fancy hinged double CD cases that are in a normal sized jewel case. The ones that replaced fatboxes. Fatboxes are the only double cases currently listed.
Also note we only just got “box” added to the list in the last couple of years. Changes are very slow round here.
They are not “slim double cases”. They are “normal double cases”.
This is why we call “fatbox” fat as it is bigger than normal, and “slim” is thinner than normal.
Edit: I just seen you also said that in that ticket. I would not be using sizes in mm as most people are not picking up rulers to check. Surely this is now the standard double case? Or hinged double CD jewel case?
I’ve added every instance of a single jewel case as a slim jewel case and never knew they were different. I’m assuming most did. Makes more sense to just change the name from slim jewel case to single jewel case as I’m certain the vast majority are this.
There are always exceptions to everything. I have albums and EPs in these slim cases too. For example, a boxset reissue of multiple albums using slim cases. I also have singles in standard jewel cases.
Physical dimensions are easier to translate - Slim, Standard, Fat.
“single CD” can read like “just one CD” instead of “double CD”.