So you haven't bought any new cd's or dvd's since 2002/2003 ? Do I understand correctly ? (I think the brand I bought was crummy... but maybe after the time you say cd's generally did become less well ? )
DVD+RWs would be newer, but not by much. All the DVD+RW are 2.4x and 4x speed. About a 50-50 mix of Memorex and TDK with one 50 count sleeve of unknown mfg, company branded for CompUSA. I bought one sleeve of CompUSA DVD+R 4x speed for burning disks to give away, and they were terrible; about 40-50% coasters. The CompUSA branded DVD+RWs however are excellent.
I gave up on the CompUSA DVD+R disks, pitched them in the bin, and bought one 30 pack of Verbatum 16x speed DVD+R LightScribe disks, and one 25 pack of Memorex 16x regular DVD+R to replace them. That would be about the time LightScribe was new. Both packages remain unopened, as I do all my personal DVD burning on the DVD+RW disks, and those that want me to burn something specifically for them, since that time, have been courteous enough to supply their own disks when making the request.
So far, to date, I have had none of the DVD+RW disks fail to write, or have poor quality in the writing. I have no Idea how many times any given disk has been rewritten, except to say, on average, it's a lot. In total, I had 400 DVD+RW disks, dropped and stepped on one, shattering it, one was given to one of my sons and not returned, so that leaves 398 still in service. I don't see me buying any more for a long time, possibly never.To save some time:
Q: Seriously Polack... 400 DVD+RW disks? Are you nuts?
A: They were on sale, clearance priced, and I had no idea at the time just how durable they would turn out to be. They cost me less than DVD+R, so even if I decide to keep a first burn indefinitely, I'm not out as much as I would be burning to a DVD+R, and the option to re-burn always remains open. It seemed like a good idea at the time.