I would like to be able to shuffle-play multi-movement pieces of music in Zune. The use case is: I have ripped a CD which contains one piece of music spanning 3 tracks, another piece spanning 7 tracks, and two pieces which are 1 track each. When I shuffle-play my music library, I want the 3-track piece to be played alone, and not always followed by the 7-track piece and the two 1-track pieces.
Some iOS users have managed to do this in iTunes by repurposing the album, artist, and composer tags. They've found a way to get shuffle-play to work and also be able to browse their libraries easily in the Music app and on iTunes. Click here to see an example how-to guide for iTunes and iOS. (Oddly, the iPod nano Music app supports shuffle-by-album, but on iPod touch a third-party app is required to do this.)
Has anyone devised a solution for Zune and Windows Phone? Zune's database seems to have slightly smarter support than iTunes for organizing classical music. There is a Composer field and a Conductor field. Why are they here, if there is no native support for multi-track pieces of music?
A classical music app could probably be developed to identify multi-track sequences which should be regareded as a single piece of music and played together.