Originally Posted by irrational
I, however, prefer to have a gap between movements of a symphony, for example. I listen to my recorded music the same way I listen to a live concert; there are gaps between movements. I am just curious.
Not to pursue this anymore, but I can't resist ;)
Yes - when there's an actual gap between movements, then yes, I want a gap in the music. However, there's cases where a single movement is broken into multiple tracks - don't want a gap in that case. Or take Sibelius Symphony 7 - it's in one long, single movement. However, it has discernible sections that flow seamlessly from one to the next. On CD it's often broken into multiple tracks that play without gaps between them - makes it easy to access any one of the sections. But having gaps in that case would disrupt the flow. Or take Beethoven's Symphony 5. The third movement moves into the fourth (last) movement without pause. On CD and in many downloads those two movements are on separate tracks but you don't want a pause between them. Again, ruins the flow.
Basically, what it comes down to is that I'd like the gaps to be there when they're supposed to be and not for there to be gaps when there shouldn't be gaps.