Software media players like WinAmp have the ability to play back tracks without gaps in between, assuming that no silent padding has been added to them by the ripper.
For audio tracks that are meant to be played seamlessly, and that were ripped without adding any artificial gaps, it seems logical that they should then play back seamlessly with little or no gap between them in a playlist / folder. Or at least there could be an option to force such playback.
It seems a little excessive to need to stitch audio files together into huge unwieldy files, especially classical music where you might want to listen to specific movements within a piece. And it’s not like there’s a “Go To” function for skipping to a specific time location. ;)