The first group simple works on their Macs doing whatever Mac users do all day; Word, Photoshop, Excel, Illustrator, Mail, Safari and the like. No noise. No fuss. Just work. The second group is where I belong because I work with headphones on and music blaring away while I work. That means music and music means managing music and that means audio tags.
The OCD Effect
My husband also works on his Mac all day, sans earphones, earplugs, headphones, or any kind of visual or audio distraction. He likes silence and that’s required for him to work. I require music. That means a music collection in iTunes, multiple music subscription plans, and a touch of OCD which translates into making sure all songs in my collection are properly edited by Title, Artist, Album, Genre, Artwork, Lyrics (where possible) and tags.
That requires a tag editor and if there’s a better one that Yate (which I take to mean ‘yet another tag editor’) I haven’t used it yet. Yate is a tag editor and audio file organizer with a scripted batch mode that takes the tedium way from massaging your OCD gene when updating audio files with new tag data.
Music or audio files on your Mac has metadata; additional information attached to the audio, whether it’s in AIFF, DFF, DSF, FLAC, M4A, MP3, MP4, and WAV audio files, or even M4V and MP4 video files. Yes, Yate can find album artwork but that’s not the main purpose. Editing tags is the main purpose and here’s how it’s done.
Yate’s user interface is straightforward but could be intimidating if you’ve never bothered to check into metadata and tags. Open a folder of music files and select a file to display more details. You’ll see everything important– bit rate, sample rate, channel mode, file size and time, Audio Stream type, creation date and more. Big whoop, right? The real value is displayed in the tabbed section to the right and below the toolbar.
That’s where you’ll see the file’s Title, Artist, Album, and more information. All that data is editable, and thanks to some of the scripting tools that are built in to Yate, edits can be performed on many songs at once, as in a batch. That makes Yate invaluable for updating music files, changing artist names and song titles from all caps to the proper combination or mix of uppercase and lowercase. All with a few clicks. And edits and adjustments can be placed back into iTunes.
From there on Yate gets geeky very fast, so the only caveat emptor is your need to massage that OCD gene to the nth degree. Yate’s actual feature list reads like a bill from a week in the hospital (long and detailed) so check that out first.