USA SPEC iPod® Interface for Honda

Connects your iPod to select Honda and Acura factory radios

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You can take it with you. Just because you've got a factory radio in your Honda or Acura, 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 the CD changer input on your compatible Honda/Acura 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. And the interface charges your iPod while it's connected.

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. As the iPod interface uses the CD changer port, any existing changer that you have must be disconnected.

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

Product Highlights:

  • iPod connection adapter for select Honda factory stereos
  • manage the iPod via your radio's CD changer controls
  • 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
  • Dual Mode allows you to control everything via the iPod itself, giving you access to all playlists
  • compatible with all iPod and iPod mini models equipped with a dock connector and iPod software update 2004-04-28, or higher
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Works Great

Written By Anonymous, Hickory, Ky on Sunday, March 15, 2015

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Five minutes install time! Works and sounds great!

Great product

Written By Anonymous, Albuquerque, NM on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Work great, very reliable. I've put 3 of these into various older Hondas and they've worked as advertised with no glitches.

Pros: Reliability, relative ease of installation

Cons: Large 30 pin connector body doesn't fit with many iPhone cases.

Ka Ching!

Written By bmp, Madison, WI on Sunday, October 06, 2013

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NIce product!! Works as advertised. Very easy to hook up in my 96 Volvo 850GLT wagon. If you have a Volvo, you will also need the USA-Spec CBP-VOL adapter (but you will be notified about this by the Crutchfield crew when you purchase if they know your make, model and year of car - Kudos to the Crutchfield crew). The only "issue" (and this is small) is that you will need a volt-ohm meter to find the 12v constant and 12v ignition leads coming out of the back of your car stereo. There are a couple of wires on the Volvo adapter that need to be spliced into the car power directly through those leads. Make your job much easier and go buy a couple of T tap wire connectors to do this job (no need for soldering or other laborious splicing).

Pros: Easy to install. VERY nice to be able to control the iPod through the car stereo console. Completely invisible if you port the iPod connector through your glove box (just drive a hole).

Cons: Instructions not very helpful for hooking up to a Volvo. You can figure it out with a bit of searching and sleuthing on your own, however.

great product

Written By Mr R, Albany NY on Wednesday, July 03, 2013

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great product easy to install love how easy it is to use

USA SPEC iPod® Interface for Honda

Written By Anonymous, Birmingham, AL on Friday, January 11, 2013

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Interface works flawlessly!

working good!

Written By Jon, Folsom,CA on Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Per the instructions with the two switces in the on position, it kept switching my iphone to pause while using Pandora. So I put both swtches to the off position and it works great!

spec adapter for honda

Written By honda happy, Noblesville, IN on Tuesday, December 25, 2012

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Other than the time consuming process of getting to the factory stereo in the 2005 Honda civic, it was a very simple and efficient install. The item works flawlessly and gives great sound through the iPod interface as well as from any phone with the phono jack.

Pros: Easy connection. No power has to be run because of the connection through the cd changer plug.

Cons: None

USA SPEC iPod® Interface for Honda

Written By Anonymous, Scranton, PA on Friday, July 13, 2012

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This product was very easy to install and our family is loving the iPod capability in our 2000 Honda Odyssey. The only reason I took off one star is that there is a periodic audio issue (clicking sound) when the iPod cable is bent at any sort of an angle. We have to be careful to ensure that the cable is not bent when it is attached to the iPod. It took me no longer than one hour to install and the directions provided were very clear. Overall, this is a very good product.

Pros: Easy to install. Great compatibility with existing Honda audio system.

Cons: Clicking noise when cable connecting iPod is bent.

Perfect iPod integration

Written By Perfect- 1998 Volvo iPod integration, Hickory Creek, TX on Saturday, January 28, 2012

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This unit (along with the extra cable required to work with a Volvo) works perfectly for integrating the iPod to my SC-900 Volvo radio. The iPod can be controlled from the radio or the iPod itself, and the unit even charges the iPod. I find it is easier to pick playlists from the iPod and use the radio controls to change tracks.

Fat plug doesn't work with iPhone cases

Written By Tim, West Hollywood, CA on Saturday, January 28, 2012

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The installation wasn't too bad. Rather than remove the whole stereo/AC assembly on my '02 Civic, I was able to only remove the ligher-socket panel and reach up through that opening to plug in the iPod interface. There is only one other jack on the back of the stereo so it isn't too hard to find. Maneuvering your hand up there is another story... (It was lucky I was able to reach up there, because the stereo/AC assembly was screwed in so tight I'm not sure I'd ever be able to remove it The interface seems great so far. The one gripe I have is the plug is fat (unlike the Apple standard iPod connector) so it doesn't fit if you have a case on your iPhone. (I am using a Speck Candy Shell hard case on my iPhone 4S.) I guess I will have to go buy some sort of extension so I don't have to constantly remove the case from my phone...annoying!!!

Pros: Works great so far.

Cons: Fat plug requires you to remove the case from your iPhone.

Great product, for the most part

Written By Dan D, Texas on Saturday, June 11, 2011

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At first I was only getting sound from one side of car. I took out the stereo and cleaned connections with acetone. put the stereo back in and then realized it was the cable that crutchfield sent, the one that runs from the bottom of the ipod to the converter box. I then hooked up an RCA cable to the alternate ports on the converter and just use the ipod connection to charge the ipod. Everything works like a charm. I'm very pleased, I feel like I have a new car.

Works as advertised

Written By George, Madison, AL on Thursday, May 19, 2011

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This is a great little product. It was fairly easy to install and it works perfectly with my Ipod touch.

Works as Expected

Written By codyh, Farmington, UT on Monday, May 16, 2011

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Product installed easily into my 2002 Odyssey (about 20 minutes). Functions as
described. I'm very pleased with the product.

Works Fine!

Written By Jerry, Lisle, IL on Saturday, May 14, 2011

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It took me 15 minutes to install the unit in a 2005 Honda Civic. The tricky part is
prying up all the Honda interior pieces to get to the back of the radio. Be patient
and take your time when prying. A putty knife comes in handy. Crutchfields'
Master sheet is really helpful, but the USA SPEC installation and operating
instructions are hard to understand. But don't worry, you can do it!


Written By Jack, Oregon on Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easy to install, works perfect with OEM head unit and steering wheel controls.

The only down is that is cost as much as a new head unit with more and better
ipod controls.

Honda iPod Radio Adaptor

Written By Koni, SoCal on Saturday, February 26, 2011

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I purchased this product because of other users reviews. Unless you have the right tools to remove the radio/ac vent dash unit, I wouldn't recommend self install, you will damage your dash! I had a pro radio installer do this instead. Well from the get go my iPod (5th gen) locked up every time I turned off the car. I thought maybe I did something wrong or it just a one time thing. Well after multiple iPod lockups, I called Crutchfield tech support (very good service), they called the manufactor & called me back within 30 minutes with instructions to reset the adaptor unit. Not easy since it was installed behind the dash, had my installer do this- same problem. Called Crutchfield again & asked for a RMA to return the unit & refund. They were very understanding & sent me the rma with return postage included. I will end up having a Alpine unit with full ipod control installed, I believe a much better choice. Crutchfield gets a A+, USA-Spec unit gets a F-. Maybe I got a defective unit, but it is way too much hassle to reinstall, so unless you want to keep the factory radio & have limited Ipod functions- 4 playlists only available, I my opinion just get a better radio with full ipod control.

USA SPEC iPod® Interface for Honda

Written By Jared, Springfield oh on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

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This product is easy to install and works great!

Fine at first

Written By kiwidagger, Indianapolis,IN on Saturday, February 19, 2011

I put this adapter in a few years back and initially it worked fine, that's not the case anymore. It rarely interfaces with the stereo anymore and causes the iPod to continually scroll through screens. Pulled it out this week out of frustration.

Worth the $$

Written By nicksan26, Pittsburgh, PA on Friday, February 18, 2011

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Great product. I bought this device and installed it in my '02 Civic SI and have been
nothing but pleased. Not only can it play playlists from your Ipod or Iphone (I own an
Iphone 4), you can also use the AUX jack to connect a portable dvd player, satellite radio,
or gps. It also charges your Iphone faster than any wall outlet. Install took about an hour.

iPod Integration for 2003 Acura TL with Nav

Written By Dileep, Houston TX on Wednesday, February 16, 2011

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I did an extensive online search for an iPod intergration for 2003 Acura TL. This is the only one which could actually use the steering wheel controls. This is a great product and works as advertised. The sound quality is awesome. However, as I read before on some acura user forums, sometimes the radio shows error message when I have to key in the radio code. This happened to me twice in almost a month. Its not a deal breaker as I memorized my radio code now and just in minutes I'll be back playing music. I think taking the proces step by step helps in reducing these issues. First turn on the car-switch off the stereo-connect the iPhone/iPod-turn on the stereo and enjoy the music. For disconnecting, turn off stereo and then disconnect the iPod. I'm not sure this is a fix but helps.

I could have purchased this for less elsewhere online. However for a painless experience I would prefer Crutchfield.

It could work more reliably

Written By Andyd, California on Tuesday, January 18, 2011

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I've been using mine in a Volvo 850 with an iPhone 4. It works well enough, able to listen to
music after an initial delay. It takes up to 30 seconds for the unit to respond after plugging in
my iPhone. It defaults to CD selection 5 which chooses songs at random. I change to 6 so I
can choose songs via the iPhone itself. Though there is another delay.
The iPhone also displays a warning that the unit is not compatible, but it does work.

USA SPEC iPod® Interface for Honda

Written By Ryan, Kansas City, Kansas on Wednesday, November 03, 2010

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Works well, actually helps my stock Bose system in my MB S420. Nice being able to
use the ipod vs. CD Changer.

Works as advertised

Written By TheMisterE, Eatontown NJ on Thursday, October 21, 2010

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Installed on my wife's 2005 Honda Pilot; she loves it. The instructions were adequate, but once you have the dashboard open, it is pretty obvious how to install. The PIN/DIP switches took a little effort to confirm what works on the type of ipod/iphone, but no complaints.

I purchased this for my wife so she doesn't have to lug all her CDs. I got here an Ipod Touch for Christmas and the Ipod adapter just before we went on vacation in July. Driving and listening with all the music on the Ipod and this adapter just makes life so much easier, interesting and fun.

My three girls sat in the car as I installed the adapter; the hardest part was prying the dash off without damage, then making sure I didn't lose any screws. Everyone is very happy to have a large music catalog. Only complaint is the adapter is relatively large. Haven't had any issues for heat (in the Summer) and will have to wait to see how it does in the Winter. Definitely worth buying the adapter instead of a new stereo.

Crutchfield advisors were on the mark!

Does the job well

Written By BrandonD, Houston, Tx on Sunday, October 03, 2010

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I received this item when expected as well as received all the components in working condition. Installing this component was fairly easy outside of learning how to disassemble a 2004 Honda PIlot Dash Console. They provided plenty of cable length which left me with a good number of options for where to install it. The sound is pretty good. It seems that when I first played music through it, there was a little bit of loss in the audio quality but having used it for several weeks now, I don't really notice anything. If anything, it might be a little bit quieter than what the CD player produces. The only somewhat annoying thing is that there is usually a bit of button pushing everything I connect my iPhone to it and run the radio. I have to "dismiss" the notification on the iPhone about it not being "approved". Then it starts playing something in playlist mode, which I then select "CD-5" on my changer to access it in song mode and not in playlist. At that point, the iPhone is quick to black out and I have to unlock the screen at least once. Once I get going, it's pretty smooth. I think these issues are small being that this is an aftermarket solution. I do like that the iPhone stays in charge mode while hooked up. I have also run the L/R Component jacks through the dash via Component -> 1/8" cable. This is just in case I want to play something other than an iPod. Overall, this is a solid product. I recommend it.

2003 Civic Hybrid - now equipped with iPod for long trips

Written By Matthew, Charleston, WV on Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Excellent product; it works exactly as described! It connected right up to my factory single-CD AM/FM radio (No XM or Nav). I'm very pleased with the default Hybrid mode which allows access to playlists from the head unit (via Disc 1-5) or direct control from my iPod nano 5G (via Disc 6). I use the direct mode more often.

The sound quality is great, and it charges the iPod without a separate power plug. I only have one power outlet, so that is still free for my portable GPS!

It took quite a bit of time to get the console apart and the cables routed around the way I wanted them. Take your time with this step! I drilled a hole in the front of the small storage pocket in the center console to route the cable through there. When I'm not using it, I just tuck the cable in and close the lid.

Great Product / Simple installation

Written By Brad, Fort Wayne, Indiana on Tuesday, May 04, 2010

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This unit works as advertised in the car. Installation was a breeze and the product, cables, connections are all very solid. The 30-pin connector even comes with a little cover when not in use! You can't go wrong with this product. Crutchfield is great!

Terrific Add-On

Written By Mark, Elk Grove Vlg, IL on Saturday, April 17, 2010

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Just finished installing this adapter into my 2001 TL and it works great. The installation instructions from Crutchfield are not perfect but they are certainly close enough to make installation quite easy. Took less that 3 hours and would have taken less but took advantage of the opportunity to clean 9 years worth of crumbs out of the now exposed under console. Was able to hide the unit behind the radio and snake the cable under the driver's side console trim until it comes up next to the seat. Very, very happy with this; allows me to keep my car another few years!

Works Great

Written By Brian, Port Angeles, WA on Monday, March 29, 2010

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I was worried because I got the same product for a 1997 ford expedetion and its problematic, needs to be reset all the time, and just not user friendly.

But this one in the Honda works great! it really is solid. Sound is good (better than the ford one) It works great with the iphone. charges plays rewinds skips tracks etc. I couldn't be more happy.
It was really easy to install. The instructions from Crutchfield were very helpfull I had it installed and working it about 15 minutes.
I mean we are talking pry off the trim (easier than it sounds) take out 4 screws pull the stereo out, plug in the interface, rout the cord to where you want it and put it all back together.

Great ipod interface

Written By Alan, Leeds, AL on Wednesday, March 10, 2010

This is a great way to listen to your ipod in your vehicle. I like the option of controlling things from the ipod since it is easy to navigate. I also like the fact that I still have the use of the steering wheel controls for the stereo. The sound quality is very good. This is definitely the best solution for listening to your ipod.

Excellent product

Written By Larry, Dayton, OH on Wednesday, January 20, 2010

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I purchased this as a Christmas gift to be installed in my daughter's 2002 Accord SE (standard radio/CD player, no Nav or CD changer). (I also purchased a different model for my other daughter's 2004 Accord LX). At the peak of the Christmas rush, it was in FedEx hands the same day I placed my order--with standard shipping. The Crutchfield detail sheets for removing panels to access the radio were thorough and invaluable...certainly helped me avoid some expensive damage to the plastic pieces. The entire process took about a half hour, partially because I had just completed the other installation in the '04. That one took a bit longer because I was taking my time, and I mentally walked through each step two or three times before actually executing it. With experience & more confidence it was quick and easy. The product itself is excellent and my daughter is extremely happy with it. Our only gripe is that the vendor's "Owners Manual" is VERY poorly written. It appears to have been translated by someone with a very limited knowledge of English grammar and spelling. As a result, it is difficult to read, understand, and follow.
Bottom line, I would purchase again, and I would recommend this product (and Crutchfield as a source) to friends & family!

2004 Civic Hybrid

Written By Michael, Purcellville, VA on Wednesday, May 27, 2009

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This works great! Install was easy per instructions. My wife is much happier with her iPod now than with the FM adapter.

Works well

Written By ctrinco, IL on Sunday, May 10, 2009

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I installed it my self in a 2004 Odyssey. Works as advertised. Crutchfiled included instructions for installation which was very useful. Only grip I have is the directions didn't mention a special tool to remove the dash face plate. I did a search on youtube and found a video explaining it a bit better. Crutchfiled sells the tools so it would have been an easy up-sell for me if they would have mentioned it.

We used to use the tape deck to play the iPod, it broke due to my children using it as a piggy bank. So I removed the guts of the tape player and placed the control box for the iPod converter inside. I left the tape deck face plate on and positioned the control box so I could adjust the switches from the tape deck slot. Then I feed the iPod connector through the cup holder beneath the radio. iPod fits perfectly in it along with some extra cable wound up.

I'm still figuring out which of the settings works best for my wife. Not sure I like the 1 hour of iPod on pause before it shuts off. Sure is nice to control the iPod from the steering wheel. Great quality audio and perfect to charge up the iPhone and iPod.

2001 Volvo v70 - Good to Go

Written By Thomas, San Diego, CA on Monday, February 02, 2009

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To install this in a Volvo, you need an extra adaptor (check when you are
ordering) and the instructions for installation are not great, so I needed to
phone a friend who could ensure that I was not going to short anything
out when I put this in.

Once you get it in, however, it's awesome.

I have a 30gig ipod, with the 5 "smart" playlists, each a different genre or
mix of songs. It is like having 5 new radio stations - - but if you don't like
the song, just skip it.

For people with kids, it is the best thing since sliced bread - - The Ipod is
hidden, so there is no fighting over who gets to control it, and the songs
come up randomly if you like, so there is always something new. It's nice
to keep the OEM radio and add this feature for far less time and hassle
than getting a new radio that looks out of place.

09 baby! & still the best option for factory adapters!

Written By K-pumpin, Anahaeim, CA on Tuesday, January 27, 2009

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Sup peeps!

Been using this module for about 3weeks now, and its been working
seamlessly with my 120GB classic.

Easy to install, did it my self and was as good as a professional install, no
wires in sight!

Crutchfield's done a good job showing U how to pull out Ur factory,
Customer support was awesome. they'll give U detailed installation options
depending on Ur car.

Big ups crutchfield and I recommend this product, still rocking in 09!

Happy Camper

Written By Keith, Poway, CA on Monday, January 19, 2009

I have installed two of these units. One in a 1998 Honda Civic and the other in a 2006 Honda Odyssey. Both have worked as advertised. My only gripe is the "boot-up" time (20-30sec) when you start the car or turn on your iPod, thus the four star rating.

There is an approximate 1 second lag from when you press a car stereo control (FF, Skip, etc.) to when the action takes place.

It does remember where you left off.

I am satisfied with the units. I get to talk with my children again now that they can hear their music on the stereo rather then using their headphones.

Civic Notes: I placed the iPod connection in the glove compartment feeding in from the left side. This keeps the iPod out of sight of prying eyes. I placed the control unit near the lower heat vent in the center console to access the DIP switches.

Odyssey Notes: I placed the iPod connection in the lower CD tilt out compartment. Out of sight and easily accessed. I placed the control unit just inside the left side passenger kick panel. I don't recommend using a screwdriver to pry up the center console. I used a set of plastic pry tools made for auto work.

They don't mar the finish. Worth every penny. Watch out for the emergency flasher switch harness. It can fall back into the dashboard cavity and you might forget to connect it back I did.

USA SPEC iPod® Interface for Honda

Written By Emilyherna, New York on Saturday, November 08, 2008

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Excellent product. the best thing for Ipod connection..

Great product

Written By Jon, Fairfax, VA on Monday, November 03, 2008

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Easy installation, does exactly what it advertises. Just plugs into the back of my stock head unit and thats it.

USA SPEC iPod® Interface for Honda

Written By Alec R., Washington, DC on Tuesday, September 30, 2008

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Excellent product. Sound quality is superb. Installed it in my ' 98 Honda in under 5 minutes. Tip: No need to take the radio unit out - remove the panel below in the center console - that will give you access to the actual radio unit from the bottom of it. Use a small mirror to see the opening in the back of the radio unit as to where to plug this adapter into - it is right in the center. Plug goes in nice and easy - no force needed. Done deal.

USA SPEC iPod® Interface for Honda

Written By Jim, Michigan on Monday, August 11, 2008

Works exactly as advertised and was easy to install. I'd highly recommend this to anyone who wants the best possible sound bridge from their ipod to their vehicle.

Nice & Easy

Written By Glenn, Overland Park, KS on Thursday, July 03, 2008

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I recommend this
product; easy to
install, works well
and sounds great.
1. Make sure you
have the "Radio
Code" for your Honda
Radio. The hardest
part of this install
was that I did not
have my Radio Code
(since I am the
second owner). If
you disconnect the
battery, or the
radio cables - as I
did - to avoid
possible short
circuit damage to
the product, (as the
suggest), your Honda
Radio will lock,
displaying CoDE when
you power back up.
You have to enter a
Code specific to
your vehicle to
re-boot the radio
and use the product
(or any other radio
feature). It's a
theft protection
thing. Silent Car

If you don't have
the radio code (that
is apparently
supplied with the
owner's manual
packet for new
purchases), you can
call American Honda.
Be prepared to
provide vehicle VIN,
proof of ownership
(e.g. Title or
document) + your
Photo ID via Fax -
but Honda will give
you your code by
phone FOR FREE.
Some dealers will
charge you as much
as $100 to retrieve
your Radio Code and
a few Internet Sites
charge $30 or more.
2. Make sure you
have a "Panel Tool"
(a tool for removing
dash or door trim
without damaging
your vehicle. I had
to borrow one from a
friend, but without
it you can leave
some permanent
damage on your dash
when removing the
trim around the
With all this in
mind, this is still
an excellent
Crutchfield was very
helpful before and
after the sale.
GC - Overland Park

Mercedes Installation

Written By Jason, Harrisburg, PA on Saturday, June 14, 2008

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I installed this adapter into my 1998 Mercedes E300 with little trouble. Once I figured out how to get everything apart, I was able to mount the "box" under the back seat in the battery compartment. With a little creative engineering, I was able to fish the iPod connection cable into the center console, which is air conditioned and keeps the iPod nice and cool. The controls work well. All totaled, this took less than two hours.

I did have two small "glitches". First, the connector in the trunk for the CD player was on the drivers side, NOT the passenger side. Second, i had a faulty unit the first time out that wasn't recharging the iPod, so I had to replace it. The second install took 15min to replace the old unit and now everything is working perfectly.

THE solution

Written By Brad, St. Louis, MO on Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The USA Spec iPod interface is THE solution if you want to keep your factory stereo. Mine was installed in a 2003 Honda Pilot and it works great. Installation was easy and can be done by anyone. With any kind of installation one needs to go slow and be patient. Crutchfield is always willing and able to help if you have problems. This unit far exceeds FM modulators. You can't even's apples and oranges. The phrase, "you get what you pay for" totally applies here.
I absolutely recommend.

2002 Honda Odyssey Minivan - Excellent Product

Written By Eric, Liberty Twp, OH on Monday, May 26, 2008

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2002 Honda Odyssey minivan with factory radio. The instructions from
Crutchfield were excellent. Installation was ridiculously easy. It took less
than hour. After moving the shifter down to its lowest level and
disconnecting the battery, I popped the climate control/radio panel out with
some very gentle prying from a large putty knife. The radio unscrewed with
four bolts and slid right out. I plugged in the cable to the back of the radio -
the end of the cable was an odd square thing but it was a perfect fit. I
then ran the wire from the back of the radio to the glove compartment
(there was already a hole from behind the radio to the glove compartment
to run the wire through - so no drilling), and set little white control box
inside the glove compartment. The wire from the control box to the IPod
runs right out of the glove compartment even with the glove box latched
closed. I place the IPod in the little compartment below the radio. Once
we have the playlist set, I can put the IPod in the glove comparment, and
nobody can see it is even there. Make sure you have the Honda factory
radio security code to re-enable your radio.

This product is highly recommended. Super easy installation. Sound quality
is excellent. The controls on the steering wheel work with the IPod (it
allows you to skip to the next song). I just wish I had bought this 2 years
ago instead of trying to make do with a staticy FM Radio transmitter.

Finally a resonable, awesome solution

Written By George, Munford, TN on Wednesday, May 07, 2008

I've been looking for a decent solution to get my iPod tunes over my car stereo system. My wife was buggin' me about driving with the earphones on. What to do. A friend of mine turned me on to this device. It integrates very well with your existing Honda system and the installation is easy, even for a novice. The only problem that I had during the install was the stereo went into CODE mode. This is a security measure that makes it harder to steal your stereo. The phone technical support was great and they quickly found a solution as where to look for the code. The play list function works well and you can have so many more songs than the regular changer. The fidelity of the music is just as good as any CD. I've tried 2 or 3 different solutions. The FM transmitters where completely inadequate. The cassette 'cable' works but is kind of a kludge. This one is great. I can't say enough so I'll quit now.

USA SPEC iPod® Interface for Honda

Written By Jose, Chicago, IL on Sunday, April 20, 2008

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The sound quality is
excellent. It is so
nice to have access
to all of my songs
on my Ipod. I wish
I hadn't waited so
long to purchase.
This works a million
times better than
those FM
Transmitters. Buy
this while its in
stock. It runs out

Installation was
fairly easy.
However, I do wish
Crutchfield would
include a prying

2003 Honda Civic 2dr.

Written By Joseph, Long Island, NY on Monday, March 31, 2008

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I recently installed the USA SPEC iPod Interface in my 2003 Honda Civic EX
Coupe to give me access to over 2800 songs in my 160gig video iPod. So
far the unit works great, and the sound quality is fine. The install itself was
not that bad. You simply remove the front panels over the transmission
shifter, run your hand behind the stereo, and your done. I had NO
experience with car radio installs, but the instruction sheet that Crutchfield
gives you is clear, and concise, giving you every detail that you need.
Install time for me was less than one hour.

That said, I do feel the unit is over-priced, and should be smaller!!! The
area where this must be installed is VERY CRAMPED in Honda's!!!!!

Works in Prowler

Written By Vince, SoCal on Thursday, March 27, 2008

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I did a lot of research to find an IPod interface that would work in my 2001 Chrysler Prowler and charge my IPod. PAC said a PA11-HON along with a connector cable Part #CDL-CJ (from USA SPEC) would probably work, 90% sure since not all Prowler radios were tested. It worked. Overall, except for the hassel of finding the right part#, I'm happy with the product. Works as advertised. Install was about 30 minutes.

Great..except Hybrid mode doesn't work on G3 Nano

Written By glenn, Baltimore MD on Thursday, February 21, 2008

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I put this into my 2002 Civic. I've done self-installs in the past with no issues, but the Mastersheet for my car was not very much help. I finally gave up before damaging my dash and took it to a local installer.

I have a G3 Nano (the new video nano) and purchased this product because I wanted the "Direct" mode. I saw that it had "Hybrid" mode and set the dip switches to that. However there is fine print in the manual and "Hybrid" mode does not work with the G3 Nano and I suspect the same issue may also apply to the latest iPod Classic (i.e. those with Cover Flow). I said I purchased it for "Direct" mode and it works great and as expected. I select the album, playlist, podcast, etc. click play and voila! Also when in direct mode my factory radio controls allow me to skip tracks, backwards, forwards, etc. I did notice that if I use the iPod click wheel to skip tracks and then go back to the radio to skip tracks the track number displaying on my radio isn't correct.

Don't wait

Written By Jim, Cincinnati, OH on Saturday, February 16, 2008

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I've tried all the other products to play my ipod through my car stereo and they were not satisfactory. The tape deck sounds bad and the FM transmitters are full of static. I wish I would have installed this years ago. Do it now! Trust me. It sounds like an ipod should sound.

Easy Install, everything I expected

Written By Michael, Dracut, MA on Friday, January 18, 2008

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Bought this for my wife's 04 Pilot. The install took me about an hour. But most of that time was spent meticulously installing the control unit behind the glove box and running the cables so they looked stock (I had the unit running within 5 minutes!). I have the Ipod wire coming out of the storage space below the "it's not an ash tray" coin holder thing. Looks very stock, and compliments my Parrot Bluetooth and GPS installs.

The system works just as I expected it would. I can use the steering wheel controls to control the IPod, along with all of the other stereo functions. And I lost none of the original radio functionality.

I would love to install this unit in my 06 Acura TL, but unfortunately I would have to give up my XM - and I'm not willing to do that. Bummer...

My wife LOVES that she can now play her IPod in the car. Highly recommended!!!

USA SPEC iPod® Interface for Honda

Written By justin32099, Charlottesville, VA on Monday, December 03, 2007

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After buying a used '03 Civic Hybrid, I wanted to be able to play my iPod nano, and so I bought this, not really knowing what I was getting into. And the installation was tough for me (though Crutchfield's instructions made it a lot easier), though it probably wouldn't be hard at all if I knew what I was doing. But ever since I got it in, it's been absolutely perfect. Sound quality is fantastic, and I love having it always charged. Great product!


Written By morgancafe, Kokomo IN on Thursday, November 29, 2007

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GREAT product for my Nano G3 in my 01 Honda CRV! The worst part was getting the dash apart (great instructions from Crutchfield though). After that, putting in the USASpec device was a breeze. Highly recommend it!!

I know NOTHING about car stereos or installs. The way this website helps you know which gear fits your car & device is A1. I also called and got a very helpful individual on the phone. Great service---way better than the advice I was getting from my local electronics stores and even a local car stereo installer.

I now know why it's out of stock...Alot ...It's magic

Written By david, Texas on Monday, September 24, 2007

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Read the reviews and drank the Kool-aid.
I love this thing.
I had a Cd/Mp3 player in the old car and was sad to find out the New Honda had no MP3 not even a plug in.
I was happy to find this and was easy enough to install.
Also a Metal putty knife FTW on prying and not leaving marks.
I have been buying here for over 10 years and always pleased.
I can say I find few places that have this level of service and care

Nice option

Written By kiwidagger, Fishers, IN on Monday, August 20, 2007

I put this in my wifes Honda and it is very nice. Obviously this is a device prior to iPod ready stereos so I don't expect it to be super user friendly, but it does work very well. Only pain was figuring out how to pop the stereo trim without the proper tool (Crutchfield should recommend one and sell them). However, I found a small metal putty knife works extremely well and won't mar the interior....

USA SPEC iPod® Interface for Honda

Written By Gina, Boulder, CO on Monday, April 09, 2007

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First, the pros: Fairly easy to install once I got my dash apart. Just one cord to plug in the back of the head unit. Sound quality is great, as good as CDs. Really nice to be able to control unit both from iPod and head unit simultaneously.

Now, the cons: Instructions weren't quite detailed enough for someone who's never taken apart a console. I used a panel removal tool like the instructions said but it wasn't strong enough and I ended up having to use a screwdriver, damaging my dash. I needed a joint for the ratchet to remove the screws, the instructions didn't take the strange angle into account. The master sheet does not include instructions for installing an iPod. Fortunately it was easy enough to figure out without them. When I unplug my iPod and plug it back in, I have to change the input mode on the head unit from CD changer to something else, then back again to make it recognize the iPod. The track numbers aren't correct on the head unit, it resets to track 1 every time I turn on the car. I think that has something to do with the iPod being on random though.

Overall, I'm really happy with my purchase. This thing beats my old FM transmitter to death.

Best Ipod Interface

Written By Juan, Austin, TX on Sunday, February 25, 2007

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Installed this in a 2003 Acura-TL. Took about 30 minutes and relatively easy to do. I have it set to direct mode so I can control it through the Ipod itself or from my head unit and stearing wheel controls. This does everything you'd expect an ipod interface to do. There are other intefaces that do not allow you to control thru HU or stearing wheel or have intermitten issues. The USASPEC PA11-HOD is definately an excellent choice!

No more CD's for me ... converting all my disk to MP3's and loading them up on a 30gig video ipod.

Sounds great, Some functions don't work

Written By Phil, Colorado on Thursday, February 08, 2007

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The install in a 2001 Honda CRV went OK. Lots of dash parts to remove, but the instructions were excellent.

The sound is good, much better than FM transmitters. Using the radio buttons to control the IPOD is great.

My only complaint is that some of the functions don't work as advertised. The seek button will not go back one song and will not go back to the beginning of the current song. Seeking forward works OK, but I have to seek 10 songs back and then step 9 forward to go back one song. Kind of a pain in the butt, I hope they can fix this in the firmware.

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Written By Anonymous, Seattle, WA on Tuesday, February 06, 2007

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Product works great. I don't use the playlist option. I changed the dip switch to just use the manual mode. I find that easier than to create playlists. But, to each his own. Sounds great. Wife is really happy to not have to load all the kids CD's all the time even with the CD change. Time to take that out and sell it. The hardest part of the install was taking the radio trim off. Everything else was a pice of cake.

USA SPEC iPod® Interface for Honda

Written By Richard Browning, San Leandro, CA on Tuesday, January 30, 2007

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Awesome, had an FM transmitter and a cassette adapter and both did not work very well. This ipod interface is great. Sound quality and function is just as described. Easy to install, and instructions are clear to understand. Would be nice if it had a docking station instead of the plug that can be kind of difficult to unplug. That is my only fault I can come up with.

Easy Install, Great Sound Quality

Written By Martinator, Franklin, MA on Saturday, January 20, 2007

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I had an FM Transmitter for my wife's iPod and it served its purpose. However, we recently bought a 2004 Honda Odyssey EX with RES. I love Honda, but I do not understand why on earth they would put the accessory plug on the floor... This made my TuneBaseT FM for iPod useless. So I had to bite the bullet and install something.

I'm glad I did.

The install was easy. The Mastersheet Instructions were key in showing me how to take off the dash panel. Though it would also have been helpful to show how to release the glove box for better access.

I semi-permanently mounted my unit with Dual Lock Fastener Tape behind my Glovebox. I snaked the iPod cable through the cupholder in the dash, and secured the rest of the cable with cable ties.

I've never heard my, (my wife's I mean...), iPod sound better.

Thanks Crutchfield for providing this solution and guiding me through the decision process.


Optimized sound--easy install.

Written By shieber, NJ on Saturday, December 09, 2006

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I was so disappointed with the FM transmiter so I tried the USA Spec PA11-HON. Compared to an FM modulator/transmitter this is an excellent improvement in sound quality -- about as good as you can get with an iPod, especially if your songs are coded at the maximum bit rate.

The install is easy in my Odyssey -- pry off the fog loght switch cover and reach your finger in and pull off the dash panel that surrounds the radio, undue the connectors and set panel aside; unbolt the radio and slide it forward; attach wires to radio and iPod adapter and route them; Affix the small adapter box to something by using screws or use some plastic wire ties; replace radio and panel,

The Odyssey has plenty of room for the box behind the glove compartment--remove the glove-box side tabs so that the glove compartment can hang all the way down and allow access behind it. You can route the iPod dock connector end through the space between the glove compartment and the dashboard or drill a hole in the back of the glove box to route the cable into the glove compartment.

Simply fantastic

Written By Lee, Richmond, VA on Tuesday, November 07, 2006

I just got this installed at the Crutchfield Store in Charlottesville today and it's wonderful. The sound quality is great, I can control track selection via the iPod or head unit controls, and it charges the iPod as well.

Don't spend another day messing around with FM modulators, this is the only way to experience your music collection in your car.

USA SPEC iPod® Interface for Honda

Written By Anonymous, CA on Saturday, November 04, 2006

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Just installed this about week ago. It does exactly what I want it to do... it treats my Ipod Nano as a cd-disc changer, each playlist is treated as a "disc."

It comes with installation instructions, but I didn't really need it because I had done my research before hand on the web. It was pretty easy, just remove the necessary interior pieces and plug a cable from the USA spec unit into the back of my factory CD player, and another cable into the Ipod... that's it.

This whole week I've been just listening to podcasts and music on my playlists.

Just what I was looking for - great product.

Written By Tom, Indianapolis, IN on Sunday, October 15, 2006

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Purchased the unit for my 2006 Honda Pilot EX-L (without Nav nor DES). Installation was quick once I figured how to get access to the back of the radio.

Unit works great and I love having the clean and full sound. Indy has a pretty full bandwidth of FM radio stations so my FM modulator just wasn't working well for me.

Best option for factory radio iPod connection

Written By Peter, Silicon Valley, CA on Thursday, September 21, 2006

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Installed this in a 1998 Accord. The install was very easy, but went a little longer because I wanted route it to the armrest and hid the cable along the way. Overall, no radio install expertise needed as long as you are comfortable with screwdrivers and pulling the front panel off the dash. One word of WARNING (if there is a blinking security or anti-theft light on your radio): If you are going to disconnect the radio, make sure you have the security code (4-5 digits, serial# specific) handy. As the other review noted, you may not have to disconnect the radio at all, I did. If you've already disconnected the radio and you don't have the security code: while everything is still out in the open, write down the Reference# and Serial# on either the top or bottom of the radio. Take the car along with the numbers to the dealer service dept., they should be able to look it up for you, at no charge.

Great sound, simple installation

Written By Paul, Torrance, CA on Friday, July 21, 2006

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I have a 2004 Civic EX coupe and this was the first time I installed anything having to do with stereo before. Installation was pretty easy. Sound quality is awesome, better than CD quality. It even comes with an aux output in case you want to play anything else such as DVD player/ Satellite radio. The only thing that's keeping me from giving a perfect 5 star rating is the price, it is a little high but compared to what dealers charge for iPod adaptors I guess its not too bad.

Works great

Written By Tristan, Florida on Saturday, April 29, 2006

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I installed this in my 1998 Honda Prelude and it works wonderfully. Installation took about 30 minutes, if that. The sound quality is excellent. One note to be aware of was that on my Prelude, the interface uses disc 6, track 1, not disc 5, track 1 as it stated in the manual. This may be unique to my install, unit, or Prelude.... I have zero complaints and am thrilled with the product.

works as advertised

Written By Dylan, Davidson, NC on Wednesday, April 05, 2006

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I just installed this in my 2003 Honda Civic and it works just as advertised. The music plays through my factory system and I can control my iPod Nano with the factory radio controls. Installation was pretty painless (you just have to get the radio far enough out to plug the cable into the back). I'll probably buy one of these for my wifes car.

Great.. with one small problem

Written By Barlow_S, Richmond, Va on Tuesday, March 07, 2006

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I installed this in my Wifes 2000 accord and it works great.
With one flaw... it works fine in Direct Mode, but when in Playlist mode, the track back button doesn't work in Random mode. It will sometimes work if you keep hitting it/hold down on it(as if there was a problem with the button on the unit), but if you take it off Random, it works fine. It also works in direct mode, so it's not the stereo, it has to be this device.
I'm going to call customer support for the product to get some ideas.

Even with this problem, it's the best option out there for connecting your IPOD to your vehicle. It charges your IPOD, it allows control through your stereo.... in my opinion)

The person who had problems with it "shutting down" after 1 hour, something is not right. I've never had this happen. That should only happen if you were listening on Aux power with the engine off. It almost sounds as if there's something wrong with the power system in his vehicle.

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Written By Bill, VA on Friday, February 17, 2006

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Bought this in Dec 2005 to connect 4th Gen Ipod Photo to 2001 Odyssey with intention to keep the Ipod in the van and stop hauling all the CDs around. My view: the interface does not work well for this. It seemed nice at first, but have grown dissatisfied with it over the last 2 months.

For instance, the battery charge circuit shuts down after an hour of non-use (per USAspec design) so if we were listening to the radio or another CD for a while, it stops charging and will not restart until we either disconnect the cable or the Ipods low battery warning kicks in. It ends up cycling the Ipod battery even though it never gets unplugged. Why can't it just stay in charge mode like it would when connected to the Mac and the dock cradle?

The interface randomly forgets to go to pause mode when the van is turned off. We can come back to the van and find the Ipod is still playing or has ended the current album. It usually works, but about once a week, it seems to confuse the Ipod into forgetting what it was doing when things paused and then the Ipod starts again from the very top of the artist list.

We have the interface set to Direct mode - the factory radio controls work more or less as documented, but track forward and back is strange. If you start playing and album and go backwards, things get confused because the radio's track counter goes to 99, but the Ipod just goes back to the beginning of track 1. Then finding a track from the steering wheel controls is more or less impossible. FF and REW seem to work as documented.

All in all, this was a disappointment for $120. The sound quality is great, but the features arent as nice.

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Written By Kyle, IL on Monday, February 06, 2006

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I bought this for use with my 60GB iPod Video in my 2000 Honda Civic EX, and it works perfectly. Installation was fairly simple, especially if you've done minor stereo work before. It does everything that I ask, and I love being able to use my factory headunit controls with it. Highly recommended; no disappointments whatsoever.

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  • iPod to Honda interface
  • 72" CB-PA85 iPod to interface cable
  • 48" CB-H78 Radio-interface cable
  • Owner's manual

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Overview: This adapter allows an iPod with a dock connector to be connected to and controlled by the factory radio in select Honda, Acura, Volvo, and Mercedes vehicles. Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

iPod Compatibility: The PA-11HON is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features when connected to a compatible Honda, Acura, Volvo, or Mercedes factory radio (as of 3/4/2015):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
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
4/4S 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5/5C5S* 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
6+/6* 8.1.3 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 6.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5th* 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
2nd/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
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
video 5th 1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y


  • *Requires Apple Lightning to 30-pin Adapter (472LTN230P, sold separately) or cable (472LT30PAD, 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.

Control Modes: The iPod interface adapter features the following control modes.

  • Playlist Mode: You can create up to 5 favorite mobile playlist then use your radio's CD changer controls to access and control your playlist.
  • Direct Mode: Gives you complete control of your iPod while it is connected to the factory radio. Your iPod is not locked out while connected to the radio and you are able to manually access your complete iPod content. The Radio still can adjust song up/down random or shuffle play but you can manually control your iPod and select any playlist, genre or Artist of your choice.
  • Dual Mode: Combines features of Direct Mode and Playlist Mode. You can create and access your favorite mobile playlist or directly access all your iPod content manually on your iPod. Your iPod displays song title information and iPod is not locked, so the iPod can be operated manually at all times. (May be referred to as "Hybrid Mode" in some manuals.)

App Streaming (in Direct Mode): Direct mode also lets you listen to the sound from your iPhone's downloaded music apps (such as Pandora, iHeart Radio, SiriusXM, etc.) through your factory head unit & speakers. You will continue to control your iPhone's apps & view song/artist information from its touchscreen.

Note: Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need applicable music service accounts.

Playlist Names: In order for the adapter/factory radio to recognize a playlist, it must be named HONDA1... through HONDA5... Text can follow the Honda name and number, such as HONDA3_artistname or HONDA2-jazz. If no designated "HONDA" playlists are created, the interface automatically relates to the first five available playlists on the iPod to DISC number 1 to 5 regardless of Playlist's naming.

Auxiliary Input: In addition to the iPod input on the PA11-HON there is an auxiliary input (RCA) for use with another source, such as a DVD system, satellite radio, etc. The aux input is accessed at disc 6 track 1 using the factory radio controls. This aux input can be used with or without the iPod connected. When using the aux input the Play All mode is moved to the Disc 5 slot and the HONDA5 custom playlist is lost. To use the auxiliary input on the interface, dip switch #1 is set to the "Off" position.

Controls: Use the Radio's Disc Select controls to access the 5 custom mobile playlists, the Play All mode, and the auxiliary input. Track select, forward and backward, works just like on a CD. Other commands include shuffle play, scan (plays first 10 seconds of each track), repeat play, Fast Track Search (skips forward or backward 10 tracks), and Fast Forward/Fast Reverse within a song (available in shuffle mode only).

Battery Charge: The PA11-HON charges the iPod battery when connected.

CD Changer Port: The adapter uses the factory radio's CD Changer port so if the vehicle has an existing outboard CD Changer it must be disconnected.

Pause: When a non iPod source is selected on the radio (AM/FM/Cass/CD) the iPod pauses.

Resume: If the iPod is not disconnected after use, it will resume playing where it left off when you restart the vehicle. If you're listening to a Honda playlist portably and you plug the iPod into the adapter, playback continues from the previous spot.

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