To follow-up DeltaMac's Post #5, there is no recommended brand. Use the brand that works with the combination of your burner and your player. This is where DeltaMac's recommendation comes in. You expect the brand that worked before to work again. To be accurate, it is not the brand. It is the specific line within the brand. If you do not have experience with a line that works, then you must find one by trial and error. For the lack of a better strategy, try the premium lines first. If the premium media works, then try a less expensive line from the same brand. Use the least expensive line that works reliably. Until you find media that you can use, purchase your experimental blanks in small lots.
I have MUCH greater trust in the reliability of USB memory sticks, than with rewriteable optical disks - which are inherently easy to damage. With USB flash drives - I am more concerned with physical loss, than data loss. I often find USB sticks under the sofa cushions in my house.This is the first time I have tried this. I wanted to try it as I read that Memory Sticks can be lossy.