Well I did use nero a lot, back in the day of DVD-R burning.
But some time ago I moved over to HDD storage, and have not looked back. The only things worth burning to DVD-R och BluRay are the things you really want to save or are important.
And if you take time and think about it, most of the things you have, you do not need to save, you could do without it, but keeping it on harddrive (even though storage might not be that safe), lets you keep it, can be sorted later, and with harddrives so large, it save you LOTS of space without the optical media. Plus it is so easy with USB2 (or USB3) and docking stations.
Stand alone Nero Burning Rom has always been there, you only get the burning portion of the software, you can do without the rest. And Nero Burning Rom v15 is nice, still looks like the good old nere from way back, but it supports bluray and lots of other fixes etc.
I would say, nere burning rom is still the best, but is it worth your money, depends on how much you use it I guess. I have not uses the software for some time, and I do not burn a lot of DVD-Rs per year.