Kids, back in the day when CDs first came out, the industry did not want to screw with the record stores’ bin depth, nor lose the large-sized artwork LPs had.
So they put the discs in what’s known as a “longbox” because it was indeed a long box which would fit in a rack deep enough for LPs. After everyone realized what a preposterous waste of paper this all was, the practice was discontinued.
Still remember fondly the office I worked in where an ongoing line of longboxes was being mounted to the wall like an odd border. Wish we had pictures of that.
More of my favorites from my long box collection.