1992, March 20

Shrinking the CD Box
By Fred Goodman
Published March 20, 1992 in Entertainment Weekly

In the game of the CD packaging, the score is now: environmentalists 1, record retailers 0. After years of intensifying pressure from ecological activists, artists, and consumers, the recording industry has vowed to scrap the larger packages in which most compact discs are sold. By April 1993, CDs will no longer come wrapped in the oversize cardboard ”longboxes” most people promptly throw away. No single design has been chosen to replace the longbox, but the new packages cannot be larger than a jewel box, a hard plastic container that comes inside longboxes now.

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