A major leap in CD jewel case technology
And CD centre clip design
Updated If you're finding that regular sized CD cases are too fat, and those slimmer style ones are too flimsy, then have we got news for you.
Designers and boffins seem to be tackling the important issues, which means the manufacturer Stomp can sell DiscSavers. These are made of polypropylene plastic [as used in very cheap 1970s skateboards] which makes 'the cases durable and impact-resistant, and available in bright red, blue, green and yellow, as well as clear'.
And they're half the width of a regular case, so you don't have to spend a DIY weekend putting up new shelves to hold your collection.
The cases have a street price of $14.99 for a pack of 50, and $3.99 for a box of 10.
Mike Hummell, president of Stomp, said: "Most jewel cases crack, break or come unhinged in time. The DiscSaver is an impact-resistant CD/DVD jewel case that really does save discs from exposure, dirt, scratching, moisture and other ways of damage." So it does everything you expected of a case, if you'd bothered to think about it.
The company also makes the Click n Burn CD recording software, but doesn't seem to mention its flagship CD jewel case products on its website. But click here for contact details. ®
Sony has also made a major contribution to CD technology according to reader Anthony McInerney. He's sent in an image of the centre clip of a Sony 650 CD, and higlighted the hi-tech breakthrough in black.
The clip holds the CDs in place yet frees them over and over again with a simple push.
Anthony says: "A new version that actually bloody works. Clip the CD in and pop it out over and over. You just press the middle and pop. pop. pop. Wow, they did something right."