1992, March 11

U.S. will join rest of world in offering Compact Discs in boxes they will be stored in for use, eliminating wasteful and annoying longbox. RIAA's announcement that member companies have chosen shrink-wrapped jewel box as "voluntary" standard for use by April 1993 was greeted by NARM complaints that selling in smaller package invites thievery and that CD displays will have to be redesigned.

source: Communications Daily, March 11, 1992, Wednesday, Vol. 12, No. 48; Pg. 6