I’m thinking of the two, Lightscribe. Why? First, the contrast of black on gold is easier to read, it would seem, than black on blue. Second, Lightscribe has a HUGE head start. They simply got there first and support for Lightscribe is much broader. Third, I’m not sure what potential advantages the other format portends to offer.
I think if Lightscribe would make a silver media available, which gives even greater contrast to the black text, it might even make high-contrast software label burns less necessary. With the gold media I usually have to burn my text 2 times at the highest level of contrast/quality. I don’t think I’d have to do that with silver media.
As for inkjet printing - I think the single biggest drawback in the US has been the lack of no-smudge, no-smear media. I have no idea why this has taken so darn long to get done. It seems that it would be much easier, given the amount of no-smudge, no-smear paper already available out there. BUT, if major names like TDK and Verbatim came out with no-smudge, no-smear CD and DVD media, I think things might pick up.
But another item that may be hindering is the apparent patent lock that Epson has for low-cost inkjet printing directly to disk here in the US. If Canon was allowed to sell direct-to-disk printers here, I have a feeling that the competition would drive costs down noticeably.
Unlike Epson, Canon has transparent ink carts that do not contain chips that limit their ability to print after a certain number of copies. Epson’s ink carts are opaque and have that chip, so you never really get to see how much ink you have left when it “decides” to tell you that cart will no longer work.
Competition and a level playing field could be enough to help make inkjet labeling a more viable option. Given that Lightscribe media is about 3 times more expensive than standard media, and burning good contrast Lightscribe labels is very time consuming, and that Lightscribe can only print in grayscale, I think if the inkjet folks just got off their tails and made some things happen, folks might bail on both the LS and LF methods in favor of a world of high-resolution color. I think I would.