Just my opinion here. Watch for sales on ALL types of CD media and you can frequently find good ones for free after rebates and discounts. For music CD's, I use CD-R media and almost anything will do that is acceptable by the burner. (Make sure to read the manual for your CD-RW drive as it frequently will give you the "preferred" disks.) For important backups, I use the better quality disks. For CD-RW disks, I personally like Sony disks as they seem to last longer when doing frequently "rewriting".
For a current review and some good reading, here is a link to:
CD-R Media-Testing For Quality (Cnet Review)
Hope this helps.
I just got my first cd writer. I got a Dell laptop with a 24X/8X CDRW/DVD COMBO Drive. I do not know what blank cds to buy. There are so many. I will be writting some data to back up files & pictures & some music. I'd appreciate some help from someone who knows what to buy. Thanks.