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I have a large amount of music that I need to convert from FLAC to mp3. It will take over a day in total. I'd like to continue working on my laptop while this is in progress. Can this cause any problems (skips in the songs, etc.)? I don't mind my laptop being slower while it's working, I just don't want to mess up the music.

If it makes a difference, I am using Sound Converter (a music conversion tool based on GStreamer) on linux.

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Digitalizing requires how fast the audio can run in the CPU cycles. You won't get any skipping, its simply going through one second at a time and its not going to skip a second. If you keep working on the computer, you'll eat up your CPU causing the program to run a lot slower than usual.

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Yup. Just don't bother trying to run any games more CPU intensive than Minesweeper :P It won't affect the encoding, but you won't get much fun out of it. –  Adam Luchjenbroers Dec 30 '09 at 22:34
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It won't cause skipping, because it's all digital anyway. It may slow down the process though.

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It will not hurt converted files. Conversion will be a bit slower (some percent time more), but that is just a small price ;)

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