Clarion CCA-iPod iPod® Interface Cable

Control your iPod from select Clarion receivers

Item #: 020CCAIPOD

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Clarion's CCA-iPod interface cable connects your iPod to select Clarion receivers. With just one cable between your iPod and your stereo, you'll get super-fast data transfer and full playback control.

You'll be able to operate your iPod from the stereo's faceplate with complete command over playback features like start/stop, forward/reverse, and shuffle/repeat, as well as access to your playlists. Track and artist information show up on the stereo's display. Your iPod even recharges while it's connected. Warranty: 1 year.

Compatibility Note: Be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this iPod adapter.

Why would I need an iPod® adapter?

An iPod adapter allows you to connect your iPod to your car stereo, then access your playlists with your stereo's controls - a great idea for several reasons. One, you can scroll through your song titles on your stereo's larger display, instead of squinting down at your iPod. Two, you can route the adapter cable to your glove compartment or center console, so your iPod stays safely out of sight. Three, the iPod adapter keeps your iPod fully charged, so it's ready to rock when you leave your car. And last of all, some adapters bypass your iPod's internal digital-to-analog converter, using your stereo's superior DAC to turn your files back into music.

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2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara

Written By GrandVitaraDriver, Philadelphia PA on Wednesday, July 06, 2011

This product does not work with the factory radio (Clarion) in a 2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara. The iPod takes a charge, and even says Clarion on the screen, but it does not play, or display on the radio itself. The AUX, XM, or CAT button do not work to switch to the iPod.

Works with 2011 Suzuki SX4

Written By Geeber, Connecticut on Friday, June 17, 2011

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Got this to connect my 160 GB ipod classic the factory head unit in my 2011 Suzuki SX4 Crossover. Works like a charm and charges my ipod fine. Although it does not come with installation instructions it is a straight forward install - just plug it into the back of the radio and attach the ipod. My only gripe is the lack of operating instructions but that seems like it should fall more on the radio manufacturer (which happens to be Clarion too). This is a far better deal than getting the official Suzuki adapter!

Clarion CCA-iPod iPod® Interface Cable

Written By Musical Traveller, Virginia on Monday, March 21, 2011

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I use this for my iPod Touch and Nano. Doesn't charge, but works great,
otherwise. Only gripe is that it won't let me use the controls on my iPods, if I
want to. Have to use the the controls on the dash. This for a 2008 Suzuki SX4

2008 Grand Vitara

Written By J, Alloway, NJ on Tuesday, January 25, 2011

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I wasnt sure if it would work with my car but it does.
Install wasn't too bad, had to pull out the radio a little bit. Disconnect the
Neg to the battery. Also make sure you set the anti theft code prior to pulling
out the radio. Plug it in. And that's it. Steering wheel radio controls work.
Charges. Works as advertised

Clarion CCA-iPod iPod® Interface Cable

Written By Lee, Oxford,CT on Tuesday, December 29, 2009

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Great product. After reading another review here I decided to try it for myself. I leave the Ipod in the glovebox & operate it from the head unit. The steering wheel controls on my 2009 Suzuki SX4 operate the basic ipod functions. I easily removed the head unit from the dash to install it. Very pleased.

Clarion CCA-iPod iPod® Interface Cable

Written By Anonymous, Camarillo, CA on Friday, September 18, 2009

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I bought this Ipod adaptor for my Clarion DXZ775USB headunit. Install is
extremely simple. Literally plug and play. Fast responce between headunit
and Ipod. I high recommend this product.

2008 Suzuki SX-4 Sport w/o steering wheel controls

Written By Gregory, Austin, TX on Saturday, July 11, 2009

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I installed my Clarion CCA-iPod iPod® Interface Cable in my 2008 SX-4
Sport. It does not have steering wheel controls nor a multi disc CD
changer. I had to remove the glove box to access the back of the radio
(See Suzuki SX-4 Forum). I was able to plug in the adaptor into the (black)
CeNet plug (cable end up) on the rear of the factory radio. After
removing the glove box, I was able to see the back of the radio with the
help of a trouble light. I feed the cable over the top of the radio until it was
close to the CeNet plug. Then I stuck my hand behind the dash and radio
until I felt the CeNet plug. Then I grabbed the cable (cable up) and pushed
it in. Hand access is extremely limited and you will not be able to
access the back of the radio like I did if you have big hands. I did try
accessing the radio from the drivers side, but it was to hard for me to reach
the CeNet plug. I have no operating instructions; however, using the 5 & 6
station buttons on the radio allowed me to access the iPod control

It works on the 2009 Suzuki SX4!

Written By Leslie, San Juan PR on Monday, March 23, 2009

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Don't pay extra at the dealer for the "original" interface. This cable works like a charm. My local Suzuki dealer wanted over $300 plus install, I read at a blog that the stock radio was a Clarion and this cable would fit and operate the steering wheel controls. Well it does!!! Sound quality is very good but the convenience and the savings is what makes this cable the best deal.
D.I.Y. is a little tricky, you can do it without removing the radio but is difficult. Then again I'm not that handy. If you decide not to remove the radio reach behind the back of the radio on the driver's side, you will find the square multi-pin input, (it helps if you have small hands).
I'm still trying to figure out how to access the playlists but overall I'm very happy. Again don't pay extra for the OEM cable.


Written By teletotheworld, Southern California on Sunday, November 02, 2008

I bought this to use in my 2009 Suzuki SX4 Crossover. I was able to install it myself (reached in behind the dash from the passenger side). Works great. Full control of your Ipod from the stock head unit's controls. The only gripe I have is that there is no way to resume normal play once you have started fast forward or rewind other than pressing the pause button on the steering wheel and then pressing it again to resume. Sound quality is very good--maybe a couple of notches lower in volume than the cd deck but it sounds great.

Clarion CCA-iPod iPod® Interface Cable

Written By Mark, Duluth, MN on Friday, August 22, 2008

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This worked great in our boat. Very simple to set up and use.

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What's in the box?

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  • CeNET iPod interface adapter with attached 4" Output cable
  • 41" Input cable (iPod dock to adapter)
  • 31" Output extension cable (adapter to head unit)

Features and Specs

Adapter Type iPod audio in w/ iPod control
Vehicle Specific No
Brand Specific Clarion
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
iPod Compatibility
Full-Size Classic/5Gen/4Gen/3Gen
Nano Nano2/Nano1
Touch No
Mini Mini2/Mini1
iPhone No

Product Research


Product Overview: The Clarion CCAIPOD CeNET iPod interface adapter allows control of your iPod by a compatible head unit. The head unit will be able to display Playlists, Artists, Albums, Songs, Genres, and Composers during playback. The interface will even charge your iPod as long as it is connected and the vehicle is either on or the key is in the accessory position.

Compatible Clarion Radios: 2007 Clarion CeNET  head units.

iPod Compatibility: The Clarion CCAIPOD is "Made for iPod" compatible and support the following iPod model features when connected to a compatible Clarion in-dash multimedia receiver (as of Dec. 2009):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Info Track Info
dock connector 3rd N N N N N N N
4th Y N Y N Y Y Y
mini 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
video 5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
classic 80GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
120GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
160GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
3rd N N N N N N N
4th N N N N N N N
5th N N N N N N N
6th N N N N N N N
touch 1st N N N N N N N
2nd N N N N N N N
3rd N N N N N N N
4th N N N N N N N
iPhone 2G N N N N N N N
3G N N N N N N N
4G N N N N N N N

Note: Apple firmware updates may change functionality results.

Connections: The interface has an attached cable with a round 8-pin plug for connection to your compatible CeNET head unit using the supplied 31" adapter cable. The interface also has an 8-pin plug for connection to your compatible iPod using the supplied iPod connection cable, which has an 8-pin plug on one end and an iPod dock connecter on other.

iPod Operation: Once the iPod is connected to the CCAIPOD the iPod buttons are disabled and the display is locked. All operations of the iPod are controlled from your head unit. Some iPod operations and features will be unavailable.

Supported iPod Playback Functions: Below is a list of operations supported by the CCAIPOD and controlled through a compatible Clarion head-unit:

  • iPod Menu mode
  • Category Direct
  • Play/Pause
  • Song (Track) Up/Down
  • Fast Forward or Fast Reverse
  • All Song Play mode
  • Repeat function
  • Random function
  • Playback position and setting

iPod Menu Mode: During the iPod Menu display, there are 6 categories to select from:

  • Playlists
  • Artists
  • Albums
  • Songs
  • Genres
  • Composer

Random and Repeat Functions: The CCAIPOD supports the following Random and Repeat functions of your iPod:

  • Random: select either Random playback within category, Random playback within an album, Random album playback within a category or Random for all songs
  • Repeat: select either Repeat a song, Repeat a category, or Repeat all songs

Playlist Function: The CCAIPOD interface can support all the playlists in your iPod but cannot be used to create a playlist. A playlist must be first created in your iPod prior to connection to your head unit via the CCAIPOD. The interface then will support all playlists that are previously loaded into your iPod before connections. However "On-the-go" playlist which is created by the iPod itself will not be supported. The adapter might not play updated songs of the "Smart Playlist" properly after connection. It only plays the list set before connection.

Changing Sources: You can still change sources from your head-unit while the iPod is connected and playing. When you change the source while listening to your iPod the iPod playback is temporarily paused. Your iPod's settings and play position are kept as long as the iPod is still connected during that period of time.

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