Summary: Great for storage
Comment: I have bought 3 of these so far over the past year. They work great. Very sturdy.
Summary: Excellent bang for you buck.
Comment: Cheep and large. That was our two requirements when we purchased this. It meets both, and we've encountered no problems so far with pages falling out, zippers getting stuck, etc. We are also anticipating a healthy use of the fact that you can remove and move pages. Quite satisfied!
Summary: The only way to store.
Comment: The case logic's are the best. I like the nylon ones. I store dvd's in them at home. I currently have about 10 of them filled. The pages are held in by 1.5 inch straps and I have never had one rip out. The side handles are firmly attached. Best way to store lots of disc in very little space.
Summary: Functional, yet melancholy
Comment: I rated this item a 5, which Amazon translates as "loved it". But can one really be said to love a CD binder? This item is squarely in the realm of the functional: its rating comes not from being loved but by performing the task as advertised.
The last several (and growing) albums I've bought have been MP3 downloads (The Budos Band, Power of Soul, etc.) An MP3 download comes with no case, no insert, and a severely downsized piece of "cover art" data. There's no physical storage needed,
other than the hard drive in your computer. And 1TB drives will be down into the "impulse purchase" range next year (2009).
We plan on consolidating several pieces of "home theater" equipment next year, by putting together an HTPC (home theater PC). It will, of course, act as a digital jukebox for the entire house, storing our combined music collection as magnetic fields instead of atoms.
This means, of course, "ripping" through our existing CDs. In 2009 it's not "cool" to flash your music collection on countless shelves; you flash the newest iPod instead.
That's the future, but traveling to the future always carries with it your accumulated past. Part of our accumulated past is the vast amount of music we've accumulated on plastic circles. (I also bring with me an LP collection; my wife is bemused.)
Once our music is firmly ensconced in the realm of the digital, the discs themselves become a curiosity, a mere token of ownership, and possibly a reminder of certain times in our journey through life, should any particular album hold that kind of emotional resonance based on when it was purchased or received.
Even as I take the discs and booklets out of jewel cases and slot them into the sleeves, I find myself wondering "why even keep the booklets?" In most cases they add nothing, some ancillary art of photos, perhaps, but nothing you'll ever think about as you page through iTunes.
I suppose if you wish to devote time to keeping the discs in a pristine order as your disc collection changes, then perhaps the criticisms voiced by other reviews will apply to you. In my case, the ultimate fate of the CDs is to sit in the closet, taking reasonably little space, with some of the booklets kept for nostalgia.
So for my purpose, this product fits the bill. Perhaps it will for you as well.
Summary: Big problem not yet mentioned
Comment: One large problem that I have yet to see mentioned is the following.
You will probably be adding your discs in the wallet by Genre, and then alphabetically sorting either by artist or title
As you fill the book, every time you want to add a new disc, (ie Carly Simon), but all the spaces between "R" and "T" are taken, you have to remove all the pages to fit one in where the "S" are to accomodate your new disc.
In a normal binder where the rings split in the middle, you can flip past the last "S" page and add a new page there. However since these rings force you to add a page in the front, you have to remove them all every time you add a page. The second problem is that because these pages have "slits" for holes and not "circular" holes, replacing the pages in the binder is a real pain.
Be forwarned. this is not a problem if your collection is not growing. But if it is, it will likely quickly grow disorganized due to the difficulty in adding new pages where they need to be!