Ok, then while the Type remains less-useful than it was, if you click on it to sort the files by type the files will still be grouped by type. You will just have to look at the file name and its extension to see where the bunch of files of the same kind ends.
While this seems to be a Windows limitation, some programs manage to sidestep it somehow.
For example I use VLC
and in the Type field I see "VLC media file (.mp3)" for mp3 files for example.
And the same is for images, some programs display the file type in the type column, and some don't.
Back to shameless advertising, VLC does not erase the options you set when it updates, so if it's set to not download crap, it won't.
I think it does popup that choice at first installation so you don't have to go through its plethora of options to find that one out.
Being wholly self-contained you won't have to download codecs to play anything, video or audio.
Although its looks are a bit retro if you don't install a custom skin
Now, as far as Itunes alternatives, I've heard good words about Wondershare
althought it's not free (it has a free trial), and also good words about CopyTransfer
manager which is free.
But not having any Apple hardware myself, I cannot really say anything about either.