Yate Music Tagger



Yate is a tag editor developed from the ground up for Mac OS X. Tagging of aiff, dff, dsf, flac, m4a, mp3 and mp4 files is supported. It also supports m4v and mp4 video files.

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 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 mp3, m4a, mp4, flac, aiff, wav, dsf and dff files.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ten Custom fields.
  • Custom presets for UI panel layout.
  • Ten Custom panels. Roll your own UI.
  • Re-encode text fields which may have incorrectly been identified as IDO-Latin-1 in older mp3 files.
  • 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.
  • Duplicate track identification. Done from within Track databases.
  • Perform queries on databases.
  • Supports the creation, viewing and editing of track databases. Similar to album databases but retains all track information.
  • Optional synchronized artwork viewer.
  • Handles multiple artwork items.
  • Supports drag in and drag out of artwork.
  • Auto scaling of imported artwork.
  • Crop artwork to be square.
  • Drag artwork in from the web, any image file, any file containing a png or jpg image and from iTunes.
  • 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.
  • 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 one 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, dsf and wav (supported but without artwork).
  • Files and containing folders can be renamed in a single operation.
  • Tracks can be relocated (moved).
  • Non audio files can be moved so that complete folder contents can be relocated.
  • Tracks can be copied.
  • Create absolute or relative symbolic links to files and folders.
  • 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.
  • Supports the creation of m3u(8) playlists.
  • 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, and volume adjustment 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 (AAC) files.
  • Set tracks to any supported media type before adding to iTunes.
  • 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).
  • Batch Processing Wizard which allows you to edit all of your audio files with a single action.
  • MusicBrainz wizard to import metadata and artwork from the MusciBrainz database.
  • Discogs wizard to import metadata and artwork from the Discogs database.
  • MusicBrainz and Discogs what's changed displays to show the differences between your data and the remote data.
  • MusicBrainz and Discogs customizable named import sets. Sets allow for import/don't import/import only if empty.
  • MusicBrainz and Discogs per file import exclusions.
  • Specify an alternate MusicBrainz server location.
  • Supports the Cover Art Archive and Discogs artwork.
  • Use the MusicBrainz and Discogs wizards to locate misplaced tracks in your library.
  • Import all Credits information from MusicBrainz and Discogs.
  • Specify Discogs credit mappings.
  • Supports the import of symbolic track numbers from MusicBrainz and Discogs.
  • 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 and .dff). 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.
  • Actions – Actions – Actions. Over 170 functions!
  • 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) in actions.
  • 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.
  • Run OS X applications.
  • Read and write text files.
  • Read and write audio files anywhere in your file system when not currently opened.
  • 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.
  • 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 the 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 three icons to individual actions.
  • Growl support.
  • 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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