KORG Japan has been embracing mobile platforms even as other traditional music manufacturers do not. First, it was the KORG DS-10, which brought a unique interface for sequencing and synthesis to the Nintendo DS. Now, they have an iPad app, available now on the iTunes Music Store.

The iELECTRIBE has a hardware interface, emulated in software, and preset management via a standard iPad-style menu. (It looks like the ESX1 panel layout, but hard-core KORG users can probably tell me more.)

The Japanese-language site reveals other features:

  • Oscillator section, with pitch, mod adjustments, selectable oscillator shape (sine/tri/square/saw), mod shape
  • Selectable preset patterns
  • Motion sequencing
  • Effects section with grain shift, beat-synced and “short” delays, chorus/flanger, filter, “talking” mod, reverb, decimator.
  • Sequence section with step sequencer for controlling parts, effects, just as on the real thing.

More info [Japanese only – translated tidbits welcome]

iPad only.

I had an art history teacher in high school who’s favorite phrase was, “What do you see?” I want to know: what do readers think? Is there an advantage to having hardware on-demand on a mobile device? Or would you rather hit your local music store (or eBay) for actual KORG hardware, with tactile knobs and proper audio outputs?

Note: I will not be running headlines on all new iPad apps. I … and you, I suspect … would lose my mind. Instead, for now, I’ll continue updating the round-up from earlier this week. And if your app gets left out and you did send it to me … please, no hard feelings. We’ll try to sort the best stuff out over the coming weeks. I have no special Apple chip in my head, only my brain.

iPad App Round-up

  • jimmie

    It's 1/10 cost of hardware. That's a very good reason to choose the software over hardware for some people.

  • Looks nice, but there is just one thing I hate about these 'recreations'. On the computer it sucks to use your mouse to turn a knob. And now they want us to use a touchscreen to turn a knob. I am a lemur owner and the worst object on there is the knob object.

    Would work better with a dedicated UI with some sliders or some cool XY pads, but I guess photorealistic UI's sell better…

  • @jimmie: actually, interestingly enough, it is 1:1, if you include the price of the iPad. And the iPad doesn't have hardware knobs or buttons – or even support for a controller – so I still want to know, is this *actually better for music making*? Or is it a step backward? (Also, I already own a computer; I don't own an iPad, and the iPad still won't fill my need for running software I need, so that price difference is non-trivial.)

    Just asking. 😉

  • How do you get the sound out to a DAW/whatever?

  • Human Plague

    The future is LCARS.

  • I don't think this is an improvement over hardware, but the extra value created by being able to reconfigure the iPad for other purposes (via other apps) makes it pretty attractive. If I only want an Electribe, I can get one used for significantly less than the price of an iPad. If I want an Electribe and a Lemur-ish device, an iPad with the Electribe app and TouchOSC is affordable enough to justify the inherent compromises you accept by not having separate devices.

  • In answer to the output question–

    Someone who can read Japanese — does it have render to WAV/AIF, etc.?

    But other than that, the only way out would be the iPad headphone jack. I have nothing against minijack connectors, but the issue is typically the strength of the signal out of there, which is what readers complained about on the iPhone.

    Also, having looked at Apple's and, say, Android's APIs for storage, the other issue is that there's a very convoluted mechanism for how apps can write and share data. I appreciate the "we don't need a whole bunch of icons and folders" argument, that there's a potential for more simplicity in file systems. But that's not what it's about – the iPad/iPhone ecosystem insulates apps from each other when it comes to storage, and from the computer, apparently partly to protect iTunes' access to files on the device.

    But that comes back to my original question: how would you use this? Or, speaking totally musically, would you rather have a device that *doesn't* let you browse the Web and does have physical knobs and audio jacks?

    On the other hand, is it likely you'd whip this out more often, making it more musically productive?

  • Adrian Anders

    I hope they pull a Bleep!Box and port this to VSTi as well as iPhone for a reasonable price. Perhaps a bundle of VSTi+iPad+iPhone for $50?

  • kevin

    there's a lot of really cool stuff here that the ipad affords and the hardware interface doesn't, like changing the step sequencer numbers depending on your location in the sequence.

    while this thing /looks/ like the ESX-1, unless you can put your own samples in that little load window, it's more like the EMX-1, despite the color.

    watching the knobs automate is fun though. i wonder what effects the "Appearance" button at the top left has on how it looks.

  • Bet those tubes give it a great sound. 😉 Joking aside, this does look pretty sweet and I've always loved the Electribe's ease of use. Not sure whether the virtual knobs will work well on a touchscreen. Hardware devices present some limitations when it comes to interface design – such as hiding important features in tiny touch screens, buttons or knobs that have multiple functions depending on the mode you are in, the visual disconnect between the knob and the display of it's value, etc. I always get a little sad when I see an awesome looking 'virtual hardware' interface that's not really usable because it's trying to emulate something that was hard to use or overcomplicated to begin with.

    I wonder if korg will bring something like the DS-10 to the iPad?

  • @WhiteNoise: The first thing I thought when I saw it was "why did they bother with the tubes".

  • griotspeak

    can this talk to the emx1/esx1?

    like…could i move stuff i worked on from one into the other?

    because that would bring us one step closer to a sounddiver-like program for the emx1.

  • cobalt

    The cost isn't the same, just because the cost of the iPad is the same. No one alive would buy an iPad just so that they can have a virtual ElecTribe. The iPad is a kind of general purpose device that a user can add functions to by getting applications. The iPad user pays for the platform, so adding the function of being a virtual ElecTribe really is just the cost of the application. That's the reason for Korg to release the application — it attracts people who are willing to spend a small amount for a vastly inferior version of the ElecTribe that has zero re-sale value.

    The only reason I saw 'vastly inferior' is because of the fact that the iPad ElecTribe doesn't appear to be at all re-conceptualized for the iPad. The ElecTribe itself is software tied to a piece of hardware. Taking the same software design and making a virtual UI doesn't represent much more cost for Korg. In that sense, it's a potentially profitable thing for Korg to do. But simply providing a virtual interface of a physical design is inherently inferior to the physical device itself, IMO.

    I think all this virtual hardware stuff is fine. It will be nice for both casual users and more serious users. But speaking for myself, I'm more interested in something more innovative than the mimicry of hardware in software.

  • salamanderanagram

    bored with ipad news.

  • Ben

    @ Peter, I believe the iPad apps have an easier time getting data around then the iPhone. There is now a shared folder that all apps can read and write to to allow data to be passed from one to the other.


  • @Ben: ah, okay — I had heard that that was one of the features getting finalized. It makes sense, for sure, though I still don't like being tied to iTunes and not having a mountable volume. Of course, technically speaking, I'm not supposed to know that, thanks to the NDA. 😉

  • As a big fan of the iPhone, software, and the Electribe… I don't get this as anything other than cute. I suppose if all you do with an electribe is sit in Starbucks and make neato sounds to listen to in your headphones, great. But without the jacks out and the sampling, this just LOOKS like an electribe. It's not an electribe.

    What's the point of all this if all we're supposed to be able to do is mimic five-year-old VA hardware technology? I know it's just one app, but as I read Wire to the Ear over there dancing excitedly over this thing, I just don't get it. This to me seems more like a reason to criticize the Pad, not laud it.

  • I just spent a good chunk of time translating the product pages, and then I found the manual (in English!) at: https://www.korguser.net/ielectribe/en/index.html

    In either case, here's a quick and dirty translation of the features and spec pages from the website:


    A complete port of the ELECTRIBE R's synthesizer and sequencer

    A four-part percussion synthesizer (including ELECTRIBE R mkII's cross
    modulation) that enables production of sounds with an analog synth
    feel, along with a four-part PCM synthesizer containing realistic
    samples of hihats and cymbals, etc. are combined with an intuitive
    16-step sequencer to enable anyone to give birth to powerful beats,
    just like the ELECTRIBE R

    Evolved Motion Sequencing that can create aggressive grooves

    Motion Sequencing, the recording of knob movements and a feature
    of the ELECTRIBE series, is of course included. There was a limit to
    the number of parameters that could be recorded in the ELECTRIBE
    series, but with the iELECTRIBE, all the parameters for each part can
    be recorded! With this Motion feature that surpasses even the
    original, you can create a wide variety of complex patterns.

    Master Effects has been upgraded to eight types

    We've included the chorus/flanger and bpm delay from the ELECTRIBE
    MX/SX, as well as a grain shifter and decimator to make extreme
    timbral changes for a total of eight different types of effects that
    you can choose from!

    This effects, upgraded in quality and quantity from the ELECTRIBE R
    and tweaked to make them fit the latest music scene, can add spice to
    your beats and would instantly become an indispensable partner.

    64 Preset Patterns lets you hit the ground running

    From the standard patterns of the ELECTRIBE to the newly created
    patterns just for the iELECTRIBE, a total of 64 diverse preset
    patterns has been included! They are suitable for a wide variety of
    dance music genres, like techno, house, electro, trance, drum and
    bass, dubstep, hiphop and R&B, etc.


    Synthesis Method:

    Analog Synthesizer Modeling + PCM Samples (Virtual Valve Force

    Number of Parts:

    8-part (4 percussion synthesizer parts, 4 PCM synthesizer parts,
    Accent included)


    1 x Master Effect system (effect on/off per step, send on/off per part)
    8 types of effects (short delay, bpm synch delay, grain shifter,
    reverb, chorus/flanger, filter, talking modulator, decimator)


    Maximum of 64 steps (motion sequencing that can record all the
    parameters per part), tempo from 20-300 bpm (tap tempo/swing
    available), pattern sets

    Pattern Memory:

    160 patterns (2 banks of 32 preset patterns each, 1 bank of 32 basic
    patterns and 2 banks of 32 blank patterns)

    * No song feature
    * Cannot be used on the iPhone/iPod touch

  • Paul Norheim

    I'm all for an iPad-like device, especially for non-musical reasons. But for music I would prefer something like this:

    A laptop-like device with multi-touch screen, and lots of knobs and faders and buttons instead of the qwerty keyboard. Lots of USB ins and out, and audio in and out (yes, it is also an audio interface).

    Think MuseBox and Novation Zero and audio/MIDI interface and laptop, specifically for musical application – on linux or whatever.

    Replacing the traditional laptop with the iPad would be a bad idea. Better replace the qwerty keyboard with something more useful for musicians!

  • glitch

    I keep on trying to make the point to so many people that the iPad is neither a replacement for a laptop nor is it an enormous iPhone/iPod Touch, even though there are similarities with both. This is based on arguments such that it would have been hard to come up with neat little apps — like Bebot or BT's Sonifi just to name a couple — if it were not for the inherent capabilities of the iPhone hardware. So each device should be viewed as its own beast, with inherent strengths and weaknesses independent of the other two.

    Continuing that line of reasoning, I liken this Electribe port to be more a "proof of concept" than groundbreaking development.

    When Steinberg first released their Model M VST clone of the Minimoog, I can remember thinking "okay, that's neat, by why the f* would I want to do that when I can use a real Moog". Model M was a similar proof of concept. It began to show the common musician what could be possible with software, and so began opening the doors for much more advanced developments which were not far behind.

    Ten years or so further on, I *still* retain that same opinion of that run-of-the-mill Mini clone in software. But I don't doubt that had there not been the initial effort to merely recreate what came before, we would not have surpassed it with such cool plugs/apps as Reaktor, Live, etc.

    So lets get the easy stuff — the mundane recreations of existing instruments — out of the way fast. Then let's see what cool stuff we can really do with this new platform.

    — glitch.@#$%!

  • This got to me, I use an electribe, and recently found out KORG made a new version with an SD slot, THAT was something cool, but this? mmmm well… I use Korg DS10 as well, and they did a great work on getting the Nintendo DS to allow you to land some musical ideas, but saying the electribe is digital now?, not having the sliding arpeggiator?, not having the turn this and turn that? not PUSHING THE BUTTON???? Whaat´s next, an Ipad version of our souls?

    Don´t get me wrong, I really like Mac as well, their computers let you interact with digits in a pretty cool way, but it would be cool to set a boundary between what is and what isn´t, maybe a Korg Ipad soft, a specially designed soft for the Ipad would be great, but a so called emulation of an electribe, mmm…

  • Randy

    @glitch: it was Model E, not M, named so because of the previous Model A -D Minimoogs… still i hear what you are saying!

  • mp

    Sounds about the same as my Electribe R mkII. For making music, I would take the hardware version of this any day. Might be fun to tinker on for a couple of minutes though.

  • k007

    the thing looks amazing. not sure why anyone would bother comparing the two? clearly hardware tactile device is better for that one thing. clearly ipad is able to do more things. when i am in my apt i prefer a larger studio. when i am walking around and want to jot an idea i would use the ipad. sometimes when i am bored i'll prob use the ipad while on the couch b/c it will prob be around & good for some lazy beat making. i think u r tweaking out too much on the ipad hate.

  • It says on the apple site they're working on an ipad 2 which sends out electrical pulses to trick your brain into thinking it's holding real knobs and pushing real buttons.

    This app seems like a fun toy for the consumer market. For people who make music 16 hours a day this may not appeal that much. Nor the ipad in general for that matter…

    Why focus on imitating hardware and not the unique expressive capabalities of multitouch? A futuristic gestural step sequencer would be much more cooler. Multitouch interfaces are well established on Lemur. It will be more interesting to see some of the ingenious lemur apps now become avaible at a low cost.

  • KimH

    >>>>> Note: I will not be running headlines on all new iPad apps. I … and you, I suspect … would lose my mind. Instead, for now, I’ll continue updating the round-up from earlier this week. And if your app gets left out and you did send it to me … please, no hard feelings. We’ll try to sort the best stuff out over the coming weeks. I have no special Apple chip in my head, only my brain.<<<<<

    Geez. The iPad stuff has just started arriving and you're already apologetic about covering it. You're going to append new announcements to an old post, basically guaranteeing I won't see them.

    Looks like I need a news source that isn't embarrassed to cover fast-breaking news on a brand new, exciting platform.

  • salamanderanagram

    lol, i'm sorry, was 5 iphone centric posts in 2 days not enough for you? especially given the thing hasn't even been released yet. relax…

  • teej

    i'm surprised, as a geek, that this is exactly the kind of thing i want an iPad for. sure, i could see myself wanting to tinker with some Quartz Composer or OSC stuff here and there. but for actual music making, i'd absolutely love to have some soft 1/1 emulations of some hardware.

    and it's not because i'm cheap. i'm definitely saving up for an Octatrack. those are the kind of hardware investments i want to make. but the Electribes are fun little boxes that i've always been interested in playing with, just not compelling enough to go out and buy one. this i will buy. real Tenori-on? meh. iPad one? will do. i have limited free physical space in my life and it has to be populated carefully. i'll take an iPad Electroplanton while yer at it!

  • @KimH: Come on, man.

    No, the idea is to put all the apps in one place so *I can find them*, and hopefully you can, too. 😉 Jeez, I've spent tons of hours this week researching and covering these apps.

    There are a LOT of apps out there. Keeping track of them is dizzying. Going forward, I want to find the best tools we can to make all information on this site more manageable, regardless of platform. There's some value to just blogging everything as it happens, but there are other sites that do that already, so I don't need to do exactly that, too.

  • Jonathan

    This looks awesome

  • grimley

    Awesome. Always regretted selling my Electribe R and now we have an R model with FX from the ESX … cool.
    As Peter stated he is not going to run headlines on all new iPad app announcements … so is there anywhere else we can get these announcements? I would love to see a site dedicated to iPad/iPhone music apps.
    I also can't believe all the negativity towards the iPad. I mean seriously! If any company other than Apple were releasing the iPad with all these amazing music apps … would there be so much bitching about it?? I doubt it.

  • Damon

    Too cool…

  • Jeez.

    The place you can get the announcements on iPad, which I'll curate a little bit, but pull together the best ones I can find, is here:

    My thinking – having things in one place makes them easier to find. If there's breaking news, I'll run it. I'm just not going to dump two dozen news stories on RSS over the weekend, because that's not now – never has been – what CDM is about.

    And, no, CDM is not an iPad site.

    If you want awesome, quick headlines on mobile music news in general, I recommend:

    I usually try to be a bit slower but more in depth generally, on a range of topics.

    Good grief, I should have made my April Fool's joke that I was switching to all Amiga coverage for the rest of 2010.

  • glitch

    @Randy Thanks for the correction; something seemed a little off while I was typing that. But it was ~3am over here when I posted that, and I was too tired to fact-check for the name. 🙂

  • I'm looking forward to playing around with this app once my iPad arrives (hopefully today) — but I won't be truly impressed until I see someone program a CR-78 with it! 😉

  • aaron

    Appears to be an ER-spin off (drum machine), very similar to the ER1 MKII.

    But let me get this straight.. iPad (500$s).. software drum machine (20$'s? more?)

    Outside of the fact a used ER1/MKII can be had for crazy cheap nowadays, what about laptop or netbook (already own) + equally or more powerful VSTi/AU freeware (such as ephonic) or even lower-cost commercial products like Sonic Charge's uTonic?

    Don't see the appeal of this.. and I usually eat Korg up ;] If I went to a show and saw someone using this I'd go get my beer elsewhere..

  • dioxide

    I've seen a few comments on various boards about Korg including the tubes on the GUI. I've heard from a couple of sources that the tubes on a hardware Electribe are bypassed and don't affect the sound. If like me you assume that these sources are correct, then it means the hardware UI is as fake as the software GUI, as they are only for show. This also explains how Korg can claim to have faithfully recreated (or whatever their webpage states) the sound engine of the ER1. It's because what you hear is 100% digital and is just VA software.

  • "If I went to a show and saw someone using this I’d go get my beer elsewhere.."
    that is probably the douchiest thing i've heard on this site. good music is good music, regardless if they are using a real er-1 or the ipad version. both are just DSP in a box. people just want another reason to complain and feel better than others.

    i think that if you take the tubes out of your esx/emx you will hear no sound. I think the sound acutally passes through the tube, but isnt being driven nearly hot enough to do a damn thing. tubes usually run at 100-300v, not 9v ac.

    as far as usability… just recently i had my er-1 with me in an airport, i busted it out to make some beats. the size of the er-1 is great, its small, but it needs an ac adapter. if you are adventurous enough you could probably make a battery pack. but this ipad version lets you take the er-1 with you, with more effects and it seems more capabilities beyond what the er1 could do. they will sound exactly the same, its just porting some software over. a complaint i have is the direct look emulation. knobs seem counter-intuitive on a touch screen, slider would work better, but id really have to give it a try to pass final judgement. the 1/8" headphone out doesnt seem to be a problem.just record it into the daw. you would have to do that anyway with the er-1.

    i think it would have been better for korg to release an EMX for the ipad instead of the er1 though. an (almost) all inclusive music application would be more interesting to me.
    but that doesnt really matter as i will probably never own an ipad.

  • genjutsushi

    Massive Korg fan here and my first reaction was OMG – ive got to have that!

    However on reflection, its the kind of programme i would get hold of if i had an iPad, but wouldnt go out of my way to get one specifically to run this programme esp as many others have pointed out that you can get an EMX for the same price!

    However, if i were to ipad things up a notch, then this would be an app in my startup screen immediately.

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  • lemmy

    "@jimmie: actually, interestingly enough, it is 1:1, if you include the price of the iPad"

    Is that relevant somehow?

  • iCare.

  • leslie

    I love iPad idea but, I am yet to be convinced to actually buying one…
    The reasons are:
    – Not a single major company (other than Korg) has released anything groundbreaking or significant for iPad yet…
    – most of so called iPad specific Apps are just a simple rewrites of existing iPhone Apps…
    What I would like to see is something like Propellerheads ReBirth brought in to life, some kind of "sketchpad" sequencer App that will be compatible with Live or Cubase and perhaps Apps from from companies like Novation – to mimic their hardware equivalents…
    Until that happens, I will sit on the fence before buying iPad I'm afraid…

  • leslie

    These are the Music Apps for iPad available now…
    Doesn't look good so far, does it…

  • leslie

    oops… here is the link:

  • JonYo

    @leslie – I've always been bummed at how Propellerheads' ReBirth was discontinued before it ever made the move to OSX. Now with the iphone/ipodtouch OS, it would be soooo fun to play with ReBirth on a ipad. Not that it'll ever happen though…

    As for this Korg thingy… well, this is just the first wave of ipad apps, PRE-first wave really, so it's not at all surprising that we're seeing what's basically a direct port of a VA thing with a direct copy of the HW UI without any changes to the controls at all. Give it a while, people will mull over the platform specifics for a bit, and eventually we'll see some stuff that makes use of the unique strengths of the platform, the kind of stuff that wouldn't work on anything *but* something like the ipad. Then we might see some conpelling reasons to get an ipad for music-specific use.

    Gotta be honest though, I'm still not really interested in buying one, and I don't think any future apps will convince me. It has more to do with the closed nature of the apps store, the lack of direct access to the file system, the required tethering to itunes, etc etc, all the stuff that's already been said before.

  • Dale

    Maybe I'm just dense but I wonder if this would be easier to figure out than my ESX-1 & ES-1 Electribes currently sitting tucked away in their cases in the corner of my room?

  • HEXnibble

    @JonYo – "I’m still not really interested in buying one, and I don’t think any future apps will convince me. It has more to do with the closed nature of the apps store, the lack of direct access to the file system, the required tethering to itunes, etc etc"

    This anti-iPad bandwagon on here is getting so tired and boring. Musicians, especially those who couldn't afford a Lemur, should be celebrating the iPad.

  • Jonathan


    Agree completely!

    I can't afford most of the cool stuff that comes out and this device for under $1k is going to allow me to play with a plethora of cool DIVERSE music creation apps.

  • @HEXnibble: That may be, but suffice to say we're looking at a lot of goodies running on computer and synth hardware alike at $500 and under. I do agree on multitouch – for now, at least. We aren't seeing other vendors really getting it working properly.

  • salamanderanagram

    if we're talking $500, that's how much my new computer with 4 gigs of ram, 320 gigs of harddrive space, duo core 2.2 processor costed.

    it runs programs such as ableton and reason, which beat the living pants off of anything that is now or ever will be available on iPad/phone/pod.

  • HEXnibble

    @salamanderanagram: You're completely missing the point. It's about the touchscreen. You can have all the most powerful, advanced software designed for mouse and midi controllers you want, even if your regular computer had a touchscreen. It will never give you the same experience of using an app designed specifically for multitouch gestures on a touchscreen device like the iPad.

  • @HEXnibble: Well, except that's part of why I was ambivalent about this particular app — it isn't designed for iPad multitouch gestures; it's really pretty close to the design of the original hardware. That's still pretty cool, no doubt. (Got an iPad? Add one of these!) It's just not a killer app. Clearly, the big advantage of the iPad is the touch input. For the moment, Apple is way out on front on that in terms of quality for price. So we'll see who makes use of that. I hope they don't remain in that position, alone, though – not because I'm rooting against Apple, but because the more competition there is to make multitouch work, the more interest there is from developers coming from various different backgrounds, the more we'll start to see those new killer apps.

    I think you're both right. 😉

  • salamanderanagram

    "even if your regular computer had a touchscreen. It will never give you the same experience of using an app designed specifically for multitouch gestures on a touchscreen device like the iPad."

    actually, you're very, very wrong there. i program computers pretty much all day long. i'm perfectly capable of writing my own apps using c++/java and not being stuck with apple's crappy APIs. like, it wouldn't be hard to program a controller interface for a touchscreen and just have that send midi to ableton to control it anyway i like. it would be far far preferable to using apple's intentionally locked down and crippled idevices.

  • Beavis

    @JonYo "I’ve always been bummed at how Propellerheads’ ReBirth was discontinued before it ever made the move to OSX"

    works fine for me on 10.5, it's free on the propellerheads website somewhere

  • Hari Seldon

    This looks great to me, although without a way to sinc and route the audio into my DAW, I'm not sure how practical it is for me.

    Generally, I don't get the angst some people seem to have with Apple, I'm kinda bored with the politics around here, I think the iPad is exciting technology and life is too short to be filtering iPad news and developments through this "Evil Apple overlords" cr*p.


  • I've been playing around with this for the past couple of days. I'm planning on integrating an iPad into my new live set-up (Macbook running Ableton Live w/ Launchpad and nanoKontrol, Machinedrum, Analog monosynth, FX pedals, Mackie mixer). Key advantages for me are: portability, flexibility (being able to use a different app for each song if I want to), touchscreen interface and visual impact onstage. Overall it seems like a pretty solid effort. I really like the tweaks they did to the FX section (compared to the original Electribe) – being able to switch FX on and off for single steps is a huge plus and makes for great realtime tweaking. Also being able to name patches rather than having to remember or write down which patch number goes with which song doesn't hurt ;). Been playing around with a couple other iPad apps as well: Akai Synthstation, Aurora HD – lots of cool stuff to find in both but also major issues.

  • Zinc

    If it's got realtime MIDI out via bluetooth or Wifi, it'd be worth far more than the $20 they're asking