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USA Spec iPod® Interface for Ford

Connects your iPod to select 2005-up Ford factory stereos with the satellite tuner installed

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by Zak Billmeier
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You can take it with you. Just because you've got a factory radio in your Ford, doesn't mean you have to leave your iPod (and the hours and hours of music it contains) at home. Just install USA Spec's iPod interface — it not only allows you to listen to all your favorite tunes through your car's speakers, it even lets you control song and playlist selections right from your radio. And with your iPhone® connected, you can even stream music from popular Internet services like PANDORA®, Livio Radio, iHeartRadio, and more.

Just mount the compact interface box in a hidden location in your vehicle, and connect the adapter cable to your compatible Ford factory radio. Plug your iPod into the interface — you can control volume, source, song selection, and up to five different play lists right from the radio. USA Spec's Direct Mode lets your passenger control the tunes using the iPod itself. The interface charges most iPods while connected, and you'll get a handy auxiliary input for connecting an MP3 player or another source.

You'll get a handy auxiliary input for connecting other sources, such as a satellite radio or another type of MP3 player.

Please enter your vehicle information or call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to find out if this adapter is compatible with your vehicle.

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

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Highlights:

  • iPod connection adapter for select 2005-up Ford factory stereos with an active satellite tuner
  • manage the iPod via your radio's satellite radio controls, but you'll retain the use of your satellite radio
  • adjust volume, track up/down, fast forward/rewind
  • use up to five playlists (select five favorites, or Auto Playlist will let you choose from the first five on your iPod)
  • when iPhone is connected, you can stream tunes from popular Internet services like PANDORA®, Livo Radio, and iHeartRadio
  • Hybrid Mode allows you to control everything via the iPod itself, giving you access to all playlists
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • PA15-Ford2 iPod-to-Ford interface module
  • CB-PA105 6' iPod interface cable (with an Apple iPod connector on one end and a proprietary 10-pin connector on other end)
  • 16' Vehicle harness (CDL-FORDx)
  • Preliminary Owner's Manual

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Features

Overview: The USA Spec PA15-FORD2 iPod-to-Ford car stereo interface allows a compatible iPod with a dock connector to be connected to and controlled by the factory radio (with Satellite Radio tuner) in select Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles. If you vehicle is not equipped with a Sirius Satellite Radio tuner, the USA SPEC PA15-FORD1 (581P15FRD1, sold separately) must be used.

Vehicle Compatibility: This interface enables a compatible iPod to exist with a Ford/Lincoln/Mercury factory radio (with Satellite Radio tuner) and control your iPod via the vehicle's factory radio and steering wheel controls, or the iPod's click-wheel/touch-screen. Non-navigation radios must have both Aux and Text buttons for the PA15-FORD2 interface to function properly. Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

iPod Compatibility: The PA15-FORD2 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features when connected to a compatible Ford, Lincoln, or Mercury factory radio (as of 10/2/2013):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
video 5th 1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
7th* 1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5th* 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5* 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5C* 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5S* 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
iPad 1 5.0.1 N N N N N N N
2 7.0 N N N N N N N
3 7.0 N N N N N N N
4 7.0 N N N N N N N
mini 7.0 N N N N N N N

Notes:

  • *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.

iPod Control: The USA Spec PA15-FORD2's on-board software translates commands from your factory radio's Sirius control into commands that will control your connected iPod. There are two modes of controlling your iPod:

  • Folder Mode: Access four folders (Playlist, Artist, Album, All Songs) on your iPod from your factory radio's Sirius Satellite Radio presets 1-4.
  • Direct Mode: All the controls on the iPod are unlocked, giving you total control remotely; the radio still has basic controls; track up, track down, fast forward, and fast reverse. Direct Mode is accessed from your factory radio's Sirius Satellite Radio preset 5.

Note: Direct Mode allows you to play music streamed from Pandora.com and Sirius/XM Online from a connected iPhone or iPod touch through your factory radio.

iPod Text: The Artist name, song title album name, and playlist text can be displayed on the radio when using the Folder control mode.

Battery Charge: The PA15-FORD2 charges iPod battery when connected. Charging stops automatically half-an-hour after your iPod is paused.

Auxiliary Input: In addition to the iPod input on the PA15-FORD2, there is an auxiliary input (RCA) for use with another source, such as a DVD system, satellite radio, etc. This aux input can be used with or without the iPod connected. The aux input is enabled by setting the DIP switch #1 on the side of the interface adapter to the "On" position. The auxiliary source is accessed on the factory using Satellite Radio preset 6.

 
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5 out of 5

Excellent

Written By 2008 Mustang Bullitt GT, North Carolina on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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Excellent product. Bought the one for a Shaker 500 w/o the Satellite tuner by mistake, Crutchfield sent me a return shipping address and switched it out for the correct version, no problem. 5 minute installation, sounds great. Wrapped everything in bubble wrap and put it in the fender well above the satellite tuner in the trunk.
Pros:
Easy installation, sounds great. Shows the track name on the stock radio.
Cons:
None.
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5 out of 5

USA Spec iPod® Interface for Ford

Written By MikeMc, St. Louis mo on Wednesday, July 10, 2013
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Works great! Very, very easy to install
Pros:
Easy install
Cons:
None
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1 out of 5

Not great!

Written By ChrisS, Kansas City, MO on Friday, April 19, 2013
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The product works okay if you don't care what song you are on. After installing this item I wanted to change songs using my seek button on the steering wheel of my truck and unfortunately it skips to the next playlist instead of the next song on the playlist. The whole reason I was purchasing this product was for integration with the options on the truck so I wouldn't have to replace the factory stereo. Crutchfield's customer service was excellent and allowed me to return the product for a full refund. I highly recommend Crutchfield but do not recommend this ipod interface.
Cons:
Integration into the factory system is a joke. I don't know anyone who wants to switch playlists from the steering wheel control.
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4 out of 5

USA Spec IPod interfacr

Written By tony t, Oakland, NJ on Monday, December 31, 2012
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Purchased as a gift for my daughter... She saw a similar unit on another web site... I returned it to Crutchfield as the USA Spec unit does not support "bluetooth" as the other unit does.... My daughter wanted the bluetooth connectivity.
Pros:
Price and crutchfield
Cons:
No Bluetooth
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5 out of 5

Perfect

Written By Ed, Deep East Texas on Tuesday, October 25, 2011
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Installation was a simple do it yourself in my 06' F150. One hitch. After I plugged everything in my satellite radio was disabled. Called tech support - quick answer - unplug the factory lead - wait two minutes - turn on the ignition - plug in the factory lead - perfect. Works just like it should.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great for a F150

Written By xcape, Austin, TX on Saturday, September 10, 2011
 
Just put this in my truck.. No tools were needed at all.. 1 - Snapped of the panel that surrounds the radio (be careful with the pins.. ease it off from the top down) 2 - The Sirius receiver is right below the radio with the cable connections facing you. 3 - Unplugged the Sirius and put the USA Spec in line, 4 - Ok, may be a bit ghetto, but I just wedged the USA Spec between the radio and the Sirius, it hasn't made any noise in the past 7 days, but we'll see.. 5 - Ran the iPod cable out through the driver (right foot) kick plate, it pops right off when pulled, and snaps back on.. Ran the cable down the between the seat and console and done.. You can improve your install as you'd like but this is fine for me.. All functions work right from the radio..NICE.. Only thing it doesn't do is allow you to hear the phone or voice mail thought the radio.. its not a speaker phone.. You'll have to do true bluetooth for that...
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Finally, something that works.

Written By Bob of West Haven, West Haven, CT on Thursday, December 02, 2010
 
This guy installed in my 05 Focus just as advertised. Everything fit and it worked
perfectly. A few easy steps - disconnect battery, remove face plate (easy, pops right out),
remove radio (4 screws), connect the harness and gizmo as illustrated (90 seconds),
put the radio back in, put the face plate back on, reconnect the battery and that's it. I was
amazed at how easy it was! I highly recommend this product if you have a 05 to 07
Focus.
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4 out of 5

USA Spec iPod® Interface for Ford

Written By TP, ASHBURN, VA on Saturday, October 02, 2010
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Very good product and pricing. Just wish I could chose my specific genres of music on my ipod while using the factory radio. Overall, excellent product.
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5 out of 5

Music and Books on the go

Written By Anonymous, Chicago, IL on Thursday, January 21, 2010
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What's to say, easy to install and easy to use. In my 2006 Ford F-150 I didn't even need to use any tools. All access panels were snap off and back on. I use this with an iPhone and when I plug it in, it starts playing my audiobook right where I left off. The navigation of the iPhone menus using my factory radio is easy and displays all the information I could care to see. By using the preset radio buttons you can switch between playlists and artists easily. There is a direct mode (radio preset 5) available so I can use the iPhone touch screen. I canceled my satellite radio and in direct mode, I can stream Pandora directly to my radio. The Sound Is GREAT!
5 out of 7 people found this helpful
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