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Yate is a tag editor developed for Mac OS X users who want total control over their tagging experience. Tagging of aif, aifc, aiff, ape, dff, dsf, flac, oga, ogg, opus, m4a, m4b, mp2, mp3, mp4, stem.mp4, wav and wv files. It also supports video in m4v and mp4.

Yate incorporates an easy to use scripting mechanism called actions. Actions may be run in a batch mode or in the foreground.

Yate supports MusicBrainz, Beatport, Discogs, AcoustID, AcousticBrainz, tMDB and has the ability to link files to iTunes. This linkage enables the import and export of iTunes metadata which is not normally kept in the audio files. Further, changes made to your audio files will automatically be refreshed in iTunes, when linked.


A fully featured 15 day evaluation is available for download. Upon purchasing you will receive an activation code which entitles you for free updates and support for life.

Summary of features:

  • Supports audio in aif, aifc, aiff, ape, dff, dsf, flac, mp2, mp3, mp4, m4a, m4b, m4v, ogg, oga, opus, wav and wv files.
  • Supports video in m4v and mp4.
  • Displays Stem file metadata when available.
  • Supports video in m4v and mp4.
  • Reads all ID3 tag formats. Writes ID3 v2.4 or v2.3
  • Optionally writes ID3 v1 tag.
  • Customizable FLAC mappings.
  • Customizable APE mappings.
  • LIST-INFO and axml support for WAV files.
  • Supports multiple values per field type where permitted.
  • Supports multiple fields of the same type where permitted.
  • Almost all non binary ID3 fields have been extended to non ID3 file types.
  • Support for Content Advisory, Identification and AAC Kind fields in m4a files.
  • Export / import a file’s metadata, including artwork.
  • Sync application preferences, (actions, templates, etc.), between two Macs.
  • One hundred fully integrated Custom fields.
  • Custom presets for UI panel layout.
  • Ten Custom edit panels. Roll your own UI. Map almost any metadata item to a custom panel.
  • Re-encode text fields which may have incorrectly been identified as IDO-Latin-1 in older mp3 files.
  • Per window support for MacOS 10.14 (Mojave) Dark Mode.

  • File browser which lets you traverse the file system and open content in Yate. Also lets you preview content.
  • Audio information panel used to display the audio and file characteristics of a single track.
  • Snapshot viewer/editor which displays all the tag information associated with a single file.

  • Supports the creation, viewing and editing of album databases. These databases are stored in CSV or TSV files with a sidecar file for enhanced Yate usage. The databases can contain common values across all tracks in an album and special aggregated fields such as duration, track count, lowest rating, average rating, highest rating and tag source. Because the content is stored in a CSV/TSV files, you can take these databases with you on your mobile devices. These databases can also point out when tracks are missing.
  • Perform UI based queries on databases.
  • Supports the creation, viewing and editing of track databases. Similar to album databases but retains track level information.
  • Duplicate track detection can be performed within Track databases.
  • Edit a CSV/TSV database file anywhere then apply the changes to the audio files when back at your Mac.
  • Load and query databases in actions
  • Create m3u files from track databases.
  • Show tracks in a track database from an album in an album database.

  • Optional synchronized artwork viewer.
  • Handles multiple artwork items.
  • Supports drag in and drag out of artwork. Multiple items at a time.
  • Auto and manual scaling of imported artwork.
  • Crop artwork.
  • Drag artwork in from the web, any image file, any file containing a png or jpg image and from iTunes.
  • Drag in PDF files and extract the first contained image or render the first page in a supplied dpi.
  • Copy and paste artwork.
  • Import artwork from the file system by searching for a particular file.
  • Write rules to automatically determine an artwork item's picture type based on the imported image file's name.
  • Drag artwork to the Finder.
  • Artwork can be saved to files, folder.jpg or to the containing folder’s icon.
  • When saving artwork to a file, the image can be scaled down and converted to grayscale.
  • Artwork can be scaled and converted between .png and .jpg formats.
  • Artwork can be squared and cropped.
  • Artwork can be converted to greyscale.
  • Remove artwork based on criteria.
  • Auto search for artwork.
  • Fully customizable search templates. Specify data embedded in a URL or via the system clipboard.
  • Issue multiple searches at once from an action.
  • Display an artwork thumbnail for each file open in the main window.
  • Use iTunes to download artwork for all supported audio formats. This includes formats not supported by iTunes such as flac, dff, dsf and wav (supported but without artwork).
  • Download artwork from fanart.tv.
  • Download artwork from Discogs.
  • Download artwork from the Cover Art Archive.

  • Files and containing folders can be renamed in a single operation.
  • Tracks can be relocated (moved).
  • Renames and Moves can perform duplicate handling.
  • Non audio files can be moved so that complete folder contents can be relocated.
  • Non audio files can be deleted.
  • Tracks can be copied.
  • Create absolute or relative symbolic links to files and folders.

  • Edit all credits in the Combined Credits Editor. The editor allows you to look at credits as individual roles associated with a single person. The editor handles all composition and decomposition of the metadata.
  • Provide alias mappings for Discogs, MusicBrainz and Roon credits.

  • Regular Expression tester to validate your regexps against sample data and variable contents.

  • Display ‘what has changed’.
  • Display specification validation errors.
  • Display all ‘read’ tagging information in a text log.
  • Display file layout information (raw data).
  • Have multiple presets for different column configurations.

  • Add tracks in Playlist or Album mode. Album mode always processes complete albums while Playlist mode supports individual tracks.
  • Tracks can be dragged from the Finder, iTunes or the File Browser.
  • Add files by folder or by including subfolders.
  • Open files/folders specified in a path in the system clipboard.
  • Maintains a recently opened list.

  • Tracks can be added to iTunes.
  • Tracks can be removed from iTunes.
  • Tracks can be linked to iTunes and the rating, play count, skip when shuffling, start time, stop time, volume adjustment, classical fields, media type and loves/dislikes can be passed in either direction.
  • Auto import/export special iTunes metadata.
  • Repairs broken file links in iTunes.
  • Auto link to iTunes mode.
  • Repairs iTunes links when tracks are renamed or moved.
  • Ability to Show Files in iTunes.
  • Compare iTunes values with Yate.
  • Refresh values in iTunes automatically and manually.
  • Import base tag settings from iTunes.
  • Create iTunes playlists.
  • Set the Content Advisory of m4a tracks.
  • Set the iTunes Kind field for m4a files.
  • Change metadata in video files (m4v, mp4) and synchronize the changes to iTunes.
  • Synchronize director, co-director, producer and screenwriter information with iTunes in video files (m4v, mp4).
  • Link by iTunes Permanent ID (PID) making it easier to get started when your iTunes library and files are out of synch or have almost no metadata. A batch process is supplied to walk your iTunes library to extract all PIDs.
  • Tracks can be dragged from the file list, the file browser and track databases directly into iTunes.

  • Staging playlist for the accumulation and display of tracks to be saved in a playlist.
  • Add tracks to the staging playlist from loaded files or from any Track database.
  • Save the staging playlist as an m3u(8) file or as an iTunes playlist.
  • Add tracks directly to an iTunes playlist.

  • Batch Processing Wizard which allows you to edit all of your audio files with a single action.
  • Various batch processing modes which allow you to process based on a text or csv/tsv file's contents.

  • MusicBrainz wizard to import metadata and artwork from the MusicBrainz database.
  • Discogs wizard to import metadata and artwork from the Discogs database.
  • Discogs and MusicBrainz what's changed displays to show the differences between your data and the remote data.
  • Discogs and MusicBrainz customizable named import sets. Sets allow for import/don't import/import only if empty.
  • Discogs and MusicBrainz per file import exclusions.
  • Import metadata from Discogs and MusicBrainz to single rips of entire albums.
  • Specify an alternate MusicBrainz server location.
  • Supports the Cover Art Archive and Discogs artwork.
  • Use the Discogs and MusicBrainz wizards to locate misplaced tracks in your library.
  • Import all Credits information from Discogs and MusicBrainz.
  • Supports the import of symbolic track numbers from Discogs and MusicBrainz.
  • Access Discogs and MusicBrainz data while batch processing and import and/or log updated information.
  • While batch processing access Discogs data without mapping files to log and/or import data.
  • Support for AcoustID fingerprinting (All file types except .dsf). Use the AcoustID import display to import simple metadata or to link to MusicBrainz releases.
  • Extract a track's earliest release information from AcoustID data.
  • Extract an album's best release match information from AcoustID data.
  • Extract metadata from AcousticBrainz.
  • Access to LyricWiki.
  • Extract metadata from the Beatport catalog. Via the UI based Beatport Importer or via action functions.
  • Access to The MovieDB for movies and TV shows.

  • Tag albums ripped to a single file with a cue sheet from Discogs or MusicBrainz.
  • Create cue sheets from any selected files.
  • Supports the creation of m3u(8) playlists.

  • Download lyrics. Exclude lyric searches based on genre or the presense of an Instrumental tag.

  • Actions – Actions – Actions. Over 250 statements!
  • Simple scripting allows the creation of actions to run in the foreground or while batch processing.
  • Write an action to provide your custom processing for new albums.
  • Inline Actions.
  • Indirect calls.
  • Conditional statements (if-else-endif, repeat, etc.).
  • Loop through lists contained in a field.
  • Run actions from within actions. Run stepwise where each action statement executes across all files or grouped where a sequence of statements are run as a unit for each file.
  • Run external OS X scripts. Pass any number of parameters. Create, run and delete on the fly
  • Run OS X applications.
  • Read and write text files.
  • Read and write audio files anywhere in your file system when not currently opened.
  • Examine folder contents.
  • Load an audio file and run an action against it.
  • Open files in other applications.

  • Drag an album to Yate’s dock icon and automatically tag your album to your preferences.
  • Changes can be reverted to the last saved version.
  • Changes can be reverted to the last established editing state. The editing state can be set automatically and/or manually.
  • Editing changes on the current file selection can be undone in any order or all at once.
  • Displays indicators showing if a file has changed and if it is linked to iTunes, Discogs, MusicBrainz or AcoustID.
  • Custom columns in the main file list.
  • Selective display of loaded files.

  • Import and export all portions of the application’s data. This allows for backing up and the sharing of actions and other templates.
  • Smart export of actions. Save all items required to run an action.
  • Distribute saved actions, search templates, etc.
  • Synchronize application data between multiple Macs.
  • Auto backup of application settings.
  • User settable shortcuts.
  • User definable toolbar. Map up to ten icons to individual actions.
  • Preview songs.
  • Notification Center support.
  • Highly configurable interpretation of ratings.

  • Use the free Audio File Health Check application to find all container/tag errors in your collection and then run an action to fix the errors in Yate.


Yate is not an official MusicBrainz product. Support for this product is available at 2ManyRobots or support@2ManyRobots.com

Further Information

Yate is part of the Tagger Affiliate Program.

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