This could be the case too. My cd/mp3 player works flawlessly with cdr, but takes about a minute to read the TOC of a cdrw when it’s inserted (then it plays it just fine, though)
This raises the question of why car cd players, which are often quite expensive, especially if you get the pre-installed versions, aren’t built to the standards of even cheap portable cd/mp3 players that can usually read just about anything you throw at them (this definitely includes rewritable discs).
in my opinion cd-r are better all around because cd-rw take more time to burn, take lots of time to erase, easily get scratched and have to be trashed, and can easily get errors on them and also have to be trashed
I beg to differ. If you are using them in a car, it’s safe to assume you have some place where to keep the discs in at least some kind of protective cover. If you do that, rewritables will last for ages.
How can you say they take lots of time to erase? It takes all of 30 seconds for a bog standard 12x disc.
I don’t think they get scratched any easier than cdrs, and even if they do develop the occasional defect they are still perfectly suitable for use in a mp3 player, unless of course you’ve put them through so much abuse they have loads of glitches. Plus, I’ve found repeated full erasing tends to cure playback errors. It’ll take a while, but if you’ve got a burner that’s not doing anything it’ll beat shelling out for new discs.