Aside from my own three iPods, I manage the background music for several community centers. At each, I have installed a PC running iTunes, have loaded about 5000 songs into the program, and have created various playlists from Lite Classical to Current Top 40. Each file in my local folder has been named or renamed "Artist - Title" for convenience and clarity. However, when I load the files into iTunes, all **** breaks loose and the file names change.
Needless to say, this creates an enormous amount of hassle, as songs by certain artists get split up and spread out across my music library (ie: songs by The Beatles show up in two or three different places, such as "The Beatles - Yesterday" and "Help / Artist The Beatles." This makes locating songs for certain playlists a huge pain in the butt.
Even worse, though, iTunes will very often completely misidentify a song. For example, whenever the song "I'm Sorry" by Brenda Lee comes up in a playlist, it actually plays "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis. Or a relaxing classical song by Vivaldi will actually play Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven. This has produced a lot of embarrassment for me, the audio tech wizard who is in charge of programming all the music for these centers.
FYI, the same problem occurs on all my iPods. So how do I force iTunes to keep the file names as I named them? Please do not suggest that I manually change all the names in iTunes. I started that project one day on one computer and it took me about an hour to get through fifty songs or so. I manage five community center computers, so this is just not practical. Also, it does not work when I uncheck the box that reads "Allow iTunes to organize my library" or something to that effect.
And why would Apple continue to leave such an annoying feature in the software?