Listen to your iPod in the car and access all of its playlists using the controls on your factory stereo. Just connect this Peripheral iPod2car adapter via a vehicle-specific cable to the back of your car's factory stereo, then plug in your iPod and go. Song text shows up on your radio display, so you can hide the iPod in an out-of-the-way spot. You'll be listening to all of your favorite tracks through your car speakers in no time.

The iPod2car adapter lets you control the music with your radio buttons — even steering wheel controls if you have them — including controls for track up/down, fast-forward, and reverse. Use your stereo's "random" button to shuffle the songs in the current playlist. You won't have to worry about sound quality. The wired connection ensures the best possible performance from your portable player.

Once everything is installed, you'll be able to access the iPod by pressing the satellite radio button on your radio. And the iPod2car will even charge your iPod while it's plugged in. Peripheral gives you everything you need to bring iPod convenience on the road.

This iPod2car adapter works with most dockable iPods, but it is not compatible with the new nano, touch, iPhone® 3G, or the iPod classic. Give us a call if you have a question about your particular iPod. Warranty: 1 year.

Note: You'll have to disconnect any factory satellite radio in order to install the iPod2car adapter. If you haven't already, please enter your vehicle information or call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to check compatibility of the iPod2car to your vehicle.

Compatibility Note: Be sure to check "Hands-on Research" 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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Peripheral iPod2car iPod® Adapter

Written By Martyn, Oakland County, MI on Saturday, October 11, 2008

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Original unit interfered with my Ford Freestyle's lighting systems, including the reversing lights flashing on and off intermittently. A replacement unit still interfered with the direction indicator warning system.

Crutchfield's Product Support team suggested that I contact the manufacturer. The manufacturer told me that the product was being withdrawn from Ford applications due to vehicle systems compatability problems and that I should try another model, which costs $20.- extra from Crutchfield.

All I want is to be able to play my iPod Nano through my car radio without losing the CD player. Whether or not I'm prepared to pay that much- for this is still to be decided.

Peripheral iPod2car iPod® Adapter

Written By Josef, Cincinnati, OH on Monday, September 29, 2008

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I have this hooked up in my 2004 Toyota Solara SLE. If you are looking for the best quality sound for hooking up an iPod to your factory stereo, this is it. Easy to install, and the sound is unbeatable. The other great feature is that it charges the iPod as well, so you've only got one cord to mess with.

That being said, I do have a few issues with this product. The ability to control the iPod through your stereo is not incredibly convenient. It takes a long time to scroll through artists, albums, etc. and the communication between the stereo and iPod is both slow and sensitive, often resetting itself (asking you to disconnect) or freezing the iPod. The unit also stopped charging the iPod a month or so ago. Sound still works perfectly but for some reason no power is being sent through the cord any longer.

I have been using this product for over a year, and I must say I am still happy with it overall. The technology is not perfect, but hopefully one day an iPod dock/connector will be a standard feature in any new car, like CD players are today.

Works great on 2006 Camry w/nav

Written By jcubeta, Burke, VA on Wednesday, March 26, 2008

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I have a 2006 Toyota
Camry with the
factory navigation
system and steering
wheel controls. I
bought this adapter
so that I could
directly connect my
iPod to the stereo
and interact with it
via the touch screen
and steering wheel.

First, the pros:

1. Thanks to a quick
call to Crutchfield,
it was super-easy to
access the radio and
install the adapter.
I had the unit
installed in less
than 30 minutes.
2. The sound quality
is excellent. "Line
in" sound quality.
No more FM!!!
3. I can completely
navigate the iPod
via the nav/wheel as
including artist,
album, and playlist
4. The unit ships
with a long adapter
cable, allowing you
many options for
where to put your
iPod (I have it
hidden within my
center console)
5. It charges the
iPod constantly, and
pauses it when you
turn the radio off
or switch to FM, CD,

Now, some cons:

1. As others have
said, the menu
system is very
non-intuitive. Be
sure to read the
manual, and I
wouldn't recommend
trying to navigate
the menus while
driving. :)
2. It displays the
artist & title of
track, but it
scrolls it across
the nav screen
within a small
space. So it's a
little cheesy. Also,
this display
obstructs your view
of the map (there
may be a dip switch
setting to turn this
off, perhaps?).
3. You cannot simply
shuffle your entire
iPod, so you have to
play from your
artist, album, or
playlist menus. My
suggestion is to
make a bunch of
playlists and use

Even with these
cons, I am very
happy with this unit
because of (1) the
sound quality and
(2) the fact that my
iPod is indeed
integrated with the
nav system.

Peripheral iPod2car iPod® Adapter

Written By Rod, Wilmington, DE on Monday, January 14, 2008

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Works as expected.... Connects the IPod to the stock radio allowing the use of the steering wheel buttons.

Great product!

Great product

Written By Brian, Columbus Ohio on Wednesday, November 21, 2007

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This is a great interface. This will let you scroll through your ipod by artist, album, playlist, and genre, right from the steering wheel or on the radio itself. Other units I was looking for did not have these browsing features. Alot of them will only let you scroll through playlists. That is a major pain since you have to create playlists before you can listen to them. I like the freedom to access anything in my ipod at anytime. This is super easy to install as well, I think it took me 15 minutes! As long as this thing does not break, it is worth every cent!

Works great, easy install too

Written By Brad, Minneapolis, MN on Thursday, November 15, 2007

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This product works great with the factory system, was an easy install (I've not done radio related install in years), instructions were good too.

One downside is that the ipod is ONLY controllable through the stereo, but then you can hide away your ipod (I ran my cable to the console storage bin and leave my ipod in there).

Will not work with car, even though it was on the compatible list

Written By Jay, Phoenix AZ on Monday, August 20, 2007

While it worked, it never was simple to use through the factory controls. The product was said to be compatible with the new Mustang. However, the car would suddenly loose all instrument controls randomly. The first time, the car spent weeks in the shop while Ford tried to identify the problem. The second time, Ford asked me if I had and iPod adaptor. They told me they were noticing this issue with other Mustangs. I really didn't believe that this explanation could be true, so I called the manufacture. They did indeed confirm that there was a problem with the units and they had attempted (unsuccessfully) to remove the Mustang from the compatible listing.

Overall a good product with a few limitations

Written By Greg, Sioux Falls, SD on Tuesday, August 14, 2007

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Overall, this is superior to other options, such as FM modulators, because of the sound quality (excellent and on par with the CD playback) and the (almost) seamless integration with the head unit and steering wheel controls.
Pros - Excellent sound quality, ability to control the IPod from your head unit and steering wheel, installation was a breeze, your IPod charges while connected, doesn't appear to discharge your battery when IPod left plugged in while car is off.
Cons - Somewhat slow seeking from one song to another, somewhat obtuse controls, steering wheel controls might work a bit different than what you expect.
-It takes a few seconds to seek from one song to another. No huge deal, but it could be faster.
-On our vehicle, you have to hold the seek button down for about 3 seconds to go to the next song from the steering wheel. Simply tapping the seek button switches between playlists, NOT songs. You simply have to get used to this behavior.
-You cannot simply shuffle throughout your IPod like you can on it directly. You must select a playlist, artist, album, etc. This is easy enough to get around, simply create a playlist on the IPod that includes your entire library and select that library when in your car and shuffle through that.
NOTE: Your IPod click wheel is disabled when plugged into the iPod2Car. You must control it from the steering wheel or head unit.

Overall, all things considered this is very nice. The excellent sound quality and mostly seamless integration overcomes the limitations and quirks of the device. Read the manual and learn how to navigate the menus, once you do youll enjoy it much more.

Slow, buggy interface

Written By Rich, Owings Mills, MD on Sunday, August 12, 2007

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On the day I purchased my new 2007 Camry, I ordered this iPod adapter and received it the next day. Installation was easy and took about 20 minutes. Works well most of the time. Sometimes, the interface locks up, requiring me to turn off the car or sometimes remove the fuse to the radio to reset the unit. Also, if I turn my vehicle on with the radio left on, the interface won't work properly. I then need to turn the radio on and off for it to work correctly.

Navigation between songs is slow, but that is what I've come to expect from the car iPod adapters. My first unit, a first generation Pioneer iPod adapter, was much slower.

Good unit, hopefully they can work out the bugs. I'm probably going to trade it in for the USA Spec unit when it becomes available...

I love it!

Written By Rahsaan, Washington D.C on Thursday, August 09, 2007

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I just installed this product in my 2005 Toyota Avalon. It is great because I still use my factory radio with the ipod2car and the track information displays under my Satellite input. My only con is the harness is not included in the package. You have to purchase it separately. For $149 it should be included, but that price only includes the module and iPod connection cord.

If you have it installed professionally and it is not working properly, have the installers call techincal support at Peripheral. I had it installed and they had the wrong "Dip Switch Configuration" so it didn't work properly. I contacted tech support on my own to inform them of my issues (No iPod control) and they gave me the right switch information. This could have been an easy fix if I stayed around and insisted on them calling tech support.

Stellar iPod Accessory!

Written By Ronnie, Bellevue, NE on Thursday, May 17, 2007

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I have had my iPod photo for about 2 years now. I never go anywhere in my car without my music. One problem with this is that my car does not have a cassette player. I've tried several different FM transmitters for my iPod. Most of them work relatively well. However, you always have the hassle of trying to find a clear station to tune it into, especially when traveling. I've finally found the perfect solution!

I received the adapter in the mail today and couldn't wait to get started on the install. The amazing part is the install took less than 15 minutes! I simply took out my stereo, hooked up the cables, put the stereo back in, and had music from my iPod. I am very impressed with the ease of use, as the iPod is controlled by using my car stereo. The sound quality is excellent as well. Instead of feeling like I'm always listening to the radio, I now feel like I have an entire library of CDs at the touch of my finger!

The only drawback I can note from using the adapter is the inability to play all songs on the iPod. You have to choose an artist, album, and track to play the music. This, however, can be countered by using playlists on your iPod. So, it's only a minor inconvenience versus just using the iPod itself. I highly recommend this product if you use your iPod in your car a lot. Trust me, you'll be glad you spent the money!

Incredible sound, good controls for iPod with Ford factory stereo

Written By John, Farmington, MN on Tuesday, May 15, 2007

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I added the iPod2car adapter to my 2007 Ford Freestyle and was amazed at how seamlessly it integrated into the factory system. Perfect sound, good controls, charges the iPod, the song and artist text even scroll across the display on the factory CD6/MP3 radio while the song is playing. No master sheets were available for this vehicle, but I was able to easily install this, even routed the iPod cable under the front console into the storage bin to keep the iPod out of view (had to drill small hole inside bin, the panels come off easily). This is a perfect product for iPod integration with new Fords.

Great Sound, Poor Control

Written By Jeff, Chattanooga, TN on Thursday, March 29, 2007

I installed this device on a 2007 Ford Explorer EB. Has the factory Audiophile in dash 6 disc, Sirius radio, Sub.
Installation was easy. Even wired in a switch to switch between I-Pod and Sirius (Ipod uses same input as the Sat radio).

Having a previous generation on an older car, I knew the sound would be great. Again, it plays the music very clear, and charges the Ipod.

However the control is very sluggish. It takes approx 3 seconds to change the song. The text is very limited to about 20 characters, and scrolling is not an option. Other downside, is the steering wheel control. The seek button actually changes between presets, not tracks. So the presets are set to bring up the playlist info. If I hit seek up, it only displays playlist. I have to hold the seek button down for 4 seconds to change the song. Not very userfreindly for quickly switchign through songs.

They need to do a little more work to get this one right.

But overall it plays music well.

Hands-on research

What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • iPod adapter
  • 11' iPod interface cable
  • Instruction manual

Features and Specs

Adapter Type iPod audio in w/ iPod control
Vehicle Specific Ford, Toyota
Brand Specific No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
iPod Compatibility
Full-Size 5Gen/4Gen/3Gen
Nano Nano2/Nano1
Touch Touch1
Mini Mini2/Mini1
iPhone Phone

Product Research


Overview: The PXDP2 iPod2car adapter allows an iPod with a dock connector to be connected to and the basic functions controlled by the factory radio in select vehicles when a vehicle specific cable is added. Please check the Crutchfield Car Selector to confirm compatibility with your vehicle.

iPod Compatibility: The PXDP2 iPod2car Interface is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features when connected to a compatible OEM (factory) radio (as of June. 2010):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Display Charge
Audio Video Radio iPod Song/Artist Track
dock-connector 3rd Y N Y N Y Y Y
click-wheel/ color-display 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 N N N N N N N
120GB N N N N N N N
160GB N N N N N N N
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
touch 1st Y N Y N N N Y
2nd N N N N N N N
3rd N N N N N N N
iPhone 2G Y N Y N N N Y
3G N N N N N N N
4G N N N N N N N

Note: This adapter is currently not compatible with the iPod Classic (80/120/160GB), iPod Nano (3rd/4th/5th gen), iPod touch (2nd/3rd gen) or iPhone (3G/3GS/4G). Apple firmware updates may change functionality results.

Controls: The iPod is controlled using the buttons on the factory radio (or steering wheel if equipped). Control features include:

  • Full control of iPod using factory radio and steering wheel controls
  • Text on factory radio displays iPods browsing menus, song, artist, and elapsed time
  • Browse by artist, playlist, genre, and album
  • Controls include track forward, track back, fast forward, rewind, shuffle and repeat
  • Audio feed directly into the factory radio to retain sound quality
Battery Charge: The PXDP2 charges iPod battery when connected.

Radio Port: The adapter typically uses the factory head unit's Satellite radio port, so if the vehicle has an existing satellite tuner it must be disconnected.

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