Kenwood's KCA-iP101 iPod cable is just like the cable that came with your iPod, so you can leave your iPod cable safe at home. Use it to connect your iPod to any 2008-up Kenwood car stereo that features direct iPod control via USB input. Warranty: 1 year.

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

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.

Hands-on research

What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • 5' USB/iPod interface cable (with iPod dock connector on one end and a USB Type-A connector on other end)
  • Instruction Manual (En/Fr/Sp + 3 other languages)

Features and Specs

Adapter Type iPod audio in w/ iPod control
Vehicle Specific No
Brand Specific Kenwood
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
iPod Compatibility
Full-Size Classic/5Gen
Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
Mini No
iPhone Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS/Phone4

Product Research


Overview: The KCA-iP101 USB Direct Connection Cable for iPod allows you to connect a compatible iPod to a 2008-up USB-equipped Kenwood head unit. This cable enables a Kenwood head unit to control and charge your iPod while connected, as well as enable high-speed iPod data communications of 12Mbps so you can listen to your iTunes content through your compatible Kenwood head unit. This 5-foot cable has an iPod dock connector on one end and a Type-A USB plug on the other end.

Kenwood head unit Compatibility: The KCA-iP101 cable is designed for all 2008-up Kenwood and Kenwood Excelon CD Receivers featuring One-Wire iPod USB Direct Control.

iPod Compatibility: The Kenwood KCA-iP101 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 3/27/2013):

iPod Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App Pandora app Artist/Song Text Track Info
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
4 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
4S 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
5* 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
4th 6.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
5th* 6.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
7th* 1.01 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
2 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
3 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
4* 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
mini* 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
  • Requires Apple Lightning to 30-pin Adapter cable (472LTN230P, sold separately).
  • Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

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Kenwood KCA-iP101 iPod® Connection Cable

Written By rhp, mississippi on Thursday, May 26, 2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

My big problem with this product is that it will not fit an Iphone which has an otter case. I always have the case on the phone, so this product is usless to me. I had to purchase a cable from the local Iphone store.

Excellent cable

Written By da60, Carrollton, TX on Thursday, February 10, 2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Nice heavy cable (much better than the factory iPod cable.

Crutchfield support great - Kenwood instructions mediocre

Written By Jeff, La Center, WA on Sunday, November 07, 2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

After a lot of research of various brands and features, we purchased a Kenwood KDC- BT945U car stereo. We wanted HD, Bluetooth, and phone and iPod interface. We mistakenly assumed Kenwood could successfully integrate these features. Our 4G iPod Touch and our phone have Bluetooth capabilities but two Bluetooth devices did not integrate well. So we tried to use the USB connection for the Touch and it did not work with the cable that came with the Touch. So we purchased the KCA-IP101 cable and it did not help. Finally, I called Crutchfield support and the tech support guy cut me off and took charge like a 911 operator - not a good start. But the abrupt manner was followed by immediately getting to the root of the problem and solving it in record time. All I had to do was restart the Touch and the Kenwood stereo simultaneously and he knew exactly how to do both.


Written By JonC, Las Vegas, NV on Thursday, September 16, 2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is just an iPod cable. There is nothing special that connects it to a Kenwood deck. Any iPod cable will do.

Works Fine

Written By Tracy, Sandston, VA. on Monday, June 21, 2010

I purchased this cable along with a new Kenwood HU. It works fine and does what it's intended for, hook up your iPod. It's 5 ft long and seems constructed well, not much else to say except Crutchfield is the best!!