I can't comment on why iTunes did what it did. All I know is that it didn't happen with me when I imported the mp3's i my Music folder into it. Maybe it's a setting for the import (I didn't check, however, if such a setting exists).
The best thing you can do is to restore that "certain directory" from your backup. Then everything will be as it was and you can delete the MUSIC library created by iTunes.
As should be well known, not having a backup of data implies the owner doesn't mind to lose them. The only 2 good reasons for that are:
- it's less work to create them again then to make a backup (or less money than buying a external disk for the backup copy)
- they are absolutely worthless for you, you'll never need them again
Alas, we find that some of our members learn this too late.
I have a regular PC, WinXP without any Apple products.
I installed iTunes - mostly to prepare playlist before burning, keeping the order of the songs the way I want.
In the Itunes, I opened a library.
Now... all the songs in my computer were in a certain directory with several sub-directories.
Some of my songs are in English, and some in Greek, with Greek fonts, and I have to emphasize that most programs do not work or recognize songs names with Greek fonts.
I defined where I want the iTunes Library - not in the usual place, but in drive D.
Now, I went to iTunes > FILE > Add file to library
What happened was a huge abnormal mess.
I thought that the program generates play-lists without moving the files from their place but I was wrong.
The software created a directory called MUSIC and moved there only part of my songs.
Now I am with songs divided between my original library and the Music Library, almost without any chance to recognize them.
In the Music Library, It created dozens of sub-directories, some by topic (as was in the original library) and dozens of sub-directories under the names of the singers.
Suppose I had directories named songs of the sixties, seventies, classical, jazz and so on.
Now I have dozens of sub-directories defined by singers, each with a single song.
Some other sub-directories remained with the subject's name (such as the "seventies").
I could not recognize any rules for the transfer.
Greek songs names got a fatal damage. Some of them remained unchanged, but most of them were changed into junk Hebrew fonts (as I am writing Hebrew) or question marks.
In short ... Is there a way to undo it?
I suppose that if I try to uninstall the Itunes, I will remain with the Music Library as it is now.
Thanks to the respondents.