David Friedman's posted a sweet idea on his blog, Ironic Sans, and it involves keeping the CD jewel case, or at least its spirit, alive. Before you sneer, please note that this concept doesn't involve you dusting off your 500+ collection of cases in your mom's attic. It's almost like a nostalgic tribute before the damn things are even extinct. Here he proposes the Digital Jewel Box:
The DJB sits next to your stereo or computer in its charging dock. Similar to a digital picture frame, it syncs wirelessly to your home network via WiFi, syncing itself with iTunes or whatever digital player you use. When a new song comes on, the DJB's screen shows the album cover art for that song.
At any time, you can take the DJB out of its dock, sit on the couch with it, and use the controls on its side to flip through the rest of the liner notes, including track listings, lyrics, song credits, acknowledgments, and whatever else is included in the paper version. The pleasure of flipping through liner notes doesn't need to go away just because CDs do.
via design observer