I have established, beyond reasonable doubt that most mp3 players search for proprietary tags in mp3 files.
I copied my music collection to a new device - an Archos.
Some track listings for albums appeared in the correct order.
Others did not.
The ones that appeared in the correct orders were A) The ones I ripped from CD in Windows Media Player. and B) The One I downloaded from iTunes.
The tracks that did not appear in the correct order were the ones that I ripped in Linux.
Since the files for the Windows and iTunes albums contained proprietary tags, I am thinking that this is the cause of the disorder.
The windows tags begin "WM/..." and are followed by bytecode, and the iTunes tags begin "ITUN" and are also followed by bytecode.
I was wondering if there was a way to fool my new (and currently redundant) Mp3 player into thinking that all of my tunes contained the requisite, proprietary tags needed to ensure the correct sort-order.