I am considering embedding cover art into my flac files. There isn’t that much upside so I want to be sure there are no downsides. The upside is that it’s cleaner than having a bunch of identically named jpg files (folder.jpg) in the respective album directories. If somehow the directory structure was corrupted it would be a mess to get everything organized again. The only downsides I know of is the time to embed the art (trivial given that I can do that with an action on a large set of albums) and a very small 0.2 percent increase in disk space taken (My 600 CDs would require as much space as 601.2 CDs that have no cover art embedded).
My questions are these: Does modifying my files to include cover art pose any more risk of corrupting my files than would modifying a standard tag, such as “album”? What if inserting art required rewriting the file to make room, and modifying the album tag would not? Is the risk of corrupting my files large enough to worry about? Should I limit the size of batch runs to insert cover art?
Thanks in advance for indulging my overly cautious nature.