*Note - this is taken from my own personal experiences and opinions, as well as those in my circle of friends.
- *ALL* Manufacturers of media only sell *A GRADE* products.... ONLY!
- Out of all the people who have a favourite brand of media, the people who support Ritek/RiData are the most fiercely loyal. For some reason they are also among the largest percentage of people who blame their drives for not working when things go wrong (instead of their media)
- Out of all the manufacturers of recordable media, Taiyo Yuden is the most likely to attempt to keep even the most basic information secret. If it got any worse, you'd need to sign an NDA just to get their phone number and a rep name to contact.
- Out of all manufacturers of recordable media, Verbatim seem to be the most willing to help with information about their products.... but also the most easily confused by questions if you don't happen to know their exact part number for it.
- Out of all manufacturers of recordable media, Mitsui (MAM-A/MAM-E) is the most likely to boast about the quality of their patented dye, while OEM'ing their media to plants that don't use it.
- Most people can accept that media manufacturers make mistakes and have bad batches... except in the case of Taiyo Yuden, who isn't allowed to make mistakes. (some people still can't admit that Taiyo Yuden sells Value/BGrade media)
- Many experienced DVDR users will carefully scrutinize a new burner model in how good it can burn the highest grade media, by comparing various reviews. Once satisfied however, he will buy the best burner, and proceeed to purchase the cheapest media he can find.
- Out of all manufacturers of recordable media, the friendliest one to deal with by FAR is Maxell (Canadian branch). I've dealt with many of their reps in Canada, and even some from the US, and they're the kind of people you'd invite over for a beer, or go bowling with. Seriously friendly and personable people!!
- Out of all manufacturers of recordable media, by far the most sarcastic is Optodisc. And by a slim margin my second favourite to deal with after Maxell (but Optodisc doesn't give me free jackets and T-Shirts
There's more of course.... but I can't piss EVERYONE off
Punch Cards -> Paper Tape -> Tape Drive -> 8" Floppy Diskette -> 5 1/4" Floppy Diskette -> 3 1/2" "Flippy" Diskette -> CD-R -> DVD±R -> BD-R
The Progression of Computer Media