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USA Spec iPod® Interface for Nissan

Connects your iPod to select 2003-up Infiniti and Nissan factory stereos

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USA Spec iPod® Interface for Nissan

Overview

Our take on the USA Spec iPod® Interface for Nissan

You can take it with you. Just because you've got a factory radio in your Infiniti or Nissan, 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.

You can take it with you. Just because you've got a factory radio in your Infiniti or Nissan, 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 Infiniti or Nissan 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. It'll even display song info when used with newer vehicles equipped with a satellite-ready factory stereo. And the interface charges most iPods while connected.

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: If you have a newer iPod/iPhone device with a Lightning connector, then you will also need Apple's Lightning to 30-pin adapter. Be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this iPod adapter.

The product works exactly as specified. I would definitely recommend it to everyone.

Mario G, Massachusetts

What's in the Box:

  • PA15-INFI iPod to Infinity/Nissan interface
  • 6' iPod to interface cable (CB-PA105)
  • 15' Interface to OEM radio cable (CDL-NISx)
  • Owner's manual

Product Highlights:

  • iPod connection adapter for select Infiniti and Nissan factory stereos
  • 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
Reviews

USA Spec iPod® Interface for Nissan Reviews

Average Customer Review:

32 Reviews

pa15-INFI

Written by: Bobbby R from Honolulu, HI on March 14, 2016

2014 Nissan Pathfinder
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works as stated in my g35 but now the car's stereo system needs to be turned up really loud to listen to music. Clarity is less compared to my old setup (Monster tape to aux out converter). Overall, I'm glad I bought it because I needed a way to have an aux out from my factory stereo when my tape deck began to fail. Definately the cheaper way to go when compared to installing a new deck on a g35.

Pros: Cheaper alternative than buying a new deck for a g35.

Cons: Clarity is poor when compared to other ways to play mp3s in your car. Also, seems to mute the car's stereo system where you have to turn it up extra loud to really hear the music

USA Spec iPod® Interface for Nissan

Written by: Mario G from Massachusetts on October 18, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The product works exactly as specified. I would definitely recommend it to everyone.

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USA Spec iPod interface for Nissan/Infiniti

Written by: RodW from Cincinnati, OH on June 20, 2014

2006 Nissan Maxima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I purchased this system for my wifes 2006 Nissan Maxima (with a Bose factory stereo) and we couldn't be any more pleased. I was a bit skeptical about buying this system due to some of the comments/reviews, but I took a chance and am certainly glad I did. Although the installation instructions are very poor, I've installed enough car stereos in my lifetime that I was able to figure it out rather quickly. The sounds quality of this system is excellent and the music from my iPhone sounds every bit as good as the factory CD player. My only word of caution is to make certain you program the dip switches BEFORE you put your dash back together. I failed to do this and wound up having to disassemble the dash two times.

Pros: East of installation Sound quality

Cons: Poor installation/instruction manual

Great sound quality!

Written by: superb16 from Pembroke Pines, FL on January 19, 2014

I'm only giving this 4 stars because the first adapter I had stopped charging my ipod after about 6 months. However, great customer service from the manufacturer and Crutchfield led to a new adapter in just a few days. It's been a few years now and it's been flawless. Charges quick and works with all volume control and fast forward/rewind buttons. It helped my 2005 G35 sedan feel modern. I can also use the auxiliary jack to use with the headphone jack in portable devices, but the sound quality isn't as good, but that's to be expected.

Pros: Great sound, relatively easy installation if you know how to get in back of your car's stereo. Also has an auxiliary jack.

Cons: None that I can think of.

USA Spec iPod® Interface for Nissan

Written by: JJ from Meridian ID on January 15, 2014

2007 Nissan Murano
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

very easy to install but had an issue setting the dip switches but the USA SPEC technical help was very helpful and got it resolved quickly. Sounds great but the radio preset buttons have limited functionality but is a good solution for those who don't want to modify their car and do aftermarket

Pros: easy install just plug it in to satellite receiver in the trunk set dip switches and go...no dash mods in Nissan Murano needed! Sounds great

Cons: limited searching and access through radio preset buttons

USA spec iPod interface for Nissan

Written by: Paul from NY on October 31, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I Installed this interface in my 2005 maxima in less then an hour. Plugs right into satellite box in the trunk. Just make sure you use ground wire which is also supplied otherwise you will not be able to charge iPhone. Works perfectly with iPhone 5 as long as you have the lightning adapter to go from the old connector to the new lightning connector. Must be purchased from apple. The cheaper ones do not work because they are missing a chip. Works perfectly through phone, car stereo and even steering wheel controls. I ran the wire from the trunk, down behind the back seat and across the passenger side kick plates under carpet. Hid box under front of console against firewall. Perfect space to fit box. Ran cable from box to center console so it looks like it came with car. Even ran extra aux cable into center console

Pros: Does everything it says it does. Cannot get better customer service then Crutchfield. The sound is as if the car came stock with unit. Nothing at all like the cigarette lighter or cassette player devices we have all tried and threw away. This really works

Cons: Only bad thing I can say. The person that wrote the instruction manual should be on the unemployment line. Crutchfield should rewrite manual themselves and I guarantee it would cut their tech support phone calls down over 50 percent

Great for factory stereos!

Written by: Shane from Red Wing, MN on September 8, 2013

2005 Infiniti G35
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very nice product, add your iPod and an auxiliary input to your factory stereo! I put one in my 05 Infiniti g35x, for this car its hooks to the satellite radio unit in the trunk, installed in about 30 minutes with no need to disassemble the dash, everything hooks up in the trunk! (Other vehicles may be different) Easy DIY project.

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Mr.

Written by: Garry on July 22, 2013

2007 Infiniti M35
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Unit functions poorly. It continue to loss preset channel. Can't control what is going to play next and in what sequence.

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Great gadget make things simple

Written by: Neil from Patuxent river, Maryland on June 10, 2013

2004 Infiniti G35
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product makes adding ipod integration to a factory radio made easy.

Pros: Easy to install, high quality and excellent Crutchfield customer service.

Cons: Priced a tad bit high but considering a price of aftermarket radio, can't go wrong.

USA Spec iPod

Written by: JohnD from Ormond Beach, FL on April 8, 2013

2007 Nissan Murano
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

First one I received worked for about 30 minutes and quit. Crutchfield was great on customer service and shipped out a new one to replace it. Works good, so far.

Pros: Easy installation.

Cons: First one didn't work, confusing directions.

Nissan Interface

Written by: dfg from Seattle Wa on December 16, 2012

2012 Nissan Pathfinder
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very dissapointed with this unit. It does not work well with the Factory Bose system and will likley have to remove and discard it. It causes a lot of problems with my satallite radio

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Crutchfield response on January 22, 2013 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Nice Device - Poor Instructions

Written by: BillC from Cave Creek, AZ on December 10, 2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Once finally set up, it is a good addition to your sound system, especially if you have a lot of songs on your iPod.

Pros: Physical setup rather easy. Not having to pull the radio is great.

Cons: The instructions manual is convoluted and very difficult to follow. A call to USA-SPEC Tech assistance was worse. A person named Victor acted as though I was annoying him with my questions and became very defensive when he couldn't answer questions. A follow-up call to Crutchfield was fantastic. I believe it was Jason who quickly and cordially answered my questions and had me understanding the unit in no time. Kudos to Crutchfield for great service as always!

Great Product

Written by: Jim from VA on September 8, 2012

2006 Nissan Murano
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works perfectly in my 2006 Murano w/ Bose but no Satellite or Nav. Installation was straightforward. The satellite cable is easy to find in the cargo area right behind the drivers side passenger seat. I actually put the USA Spec box underneath the rear passenger seat so I could run the iPod cable under the floormats to the center console. Since I don't have a satellite module, I used one of the empty mounting holes in the cargo area and a spare screw to mount the ground wire. Programming instructions are a little confusing but work. Steering wheel controls control volume and scrolling through the presets the programming instructions set up. All the buttons on the console work to control track selection, album/artist selection, or to switch back to regular radio or CDs. I use it with a current gen Nano and it sounds great and works great! Wish I had bought this sooner.

Pros: Can be used with factory controls Easy installation Can switch between stereo controls or iPod controls

Cons: Programming instructions not very clear

'04 Infinity G35 coupe.

Written by: StratiH from Andover, MA on May 26, 2012

2004 Infiniti G35
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed this interface in my wife's '04 Infinity G35 coupe to integrate an XM reciever to her factory radio. She doesn't use hers often, but it's also a plus that you get an iPod interface with the same device. Installation was pretty simple. Note that the hook-up is IN THE TRUNK to the left of the spare tire, as described in USA spec's instructions, which allows you to NOT tear apart your dash-board to hook-up at the rear of the stereo. The harness with the USA spec unit doesn't even connect to the input jack of the stereo.

Pros: EXCELLENT clarity both for the XM reciever we integrated as well as iPod connectivity. Unit is plug-and-play with OE harness and reasonably compact to hide.

Cons: Only thing I can gripe about is that the user manual was slightly vague as far as how to set the 4 dip-switches on the unit which depends on what you hook up to the unit and what car it's installed in. Even that was ok when re-read.

Love this product

Written by: Roger from Hudson Valley NY on March 1, 2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Product worked great out of the box with very minimal programming other then 4 dip switches that are easily marked and described in manual.

Pros: My iPod works with the factory radio!!!

Cons: The non direct mode this product features is very confusing when pressing track up/ down it jumps around the folders of the iPod. But if you put it in direct mode then you can just use the iPod to set the songs or folders you want.

iPhone iPad interface for Nissan Murano

Written by: TJ from Bettendorf, IA on February 20, 2012

2006 Nissan Murano
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

2006 Murano w/ Bose, Nav, and XM. Took about 15 minutes to install. Had to get second device because first one allowed XM to come through in background. Had replacement in 48 hours, took 2 minutes to plug in and go. Works great and plus is charge feature. This was an install that hooked in behind rear seat. Wife's new vehicle will not charge with factory device. Had just gotten quote from high end local dealer for $225, and it would not use Nav screen feature. This is no brainier !

Pros: Easy install

Cons: None

Works for 2004 Nissan Maxima SL

Written by: Murthy V from Vernon Hills, IL on January 8, 2012

2004 Nissan Maxima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I had tried iSimple gateway solution earlier and for some strange reason it only worked when the car is turned off. I ordered this unit from Crutchfield and I can confirm that this works for 2004 Nissan Maxima SL with Bose and No Navigation. I had it installed locally. The guy said that it had to installed in the trunk. Programming the presets is little tricky. I cannot get the iPod Direct mode working - in this mode one could supposedly play songs from the iPhone/iPod but the iPhone screen doesnt let me do anything. But I am ok with it - the other presets - most importantly "Album" is working. Works with iPhone 4S.

Pros: At last one iPhone/iPod interface that fits my car. Works with iPhone 4S.

Cons: 1.The unit installtion instructions could be better 2.iPod Direct Mode doesnt work 3.If you have factory installed Sirius then you can only make it work when iPod/iPhone is connected to iPod interface.

Great Product

Written by: Alex from Dallas, TX on November 3, 2011

2007 Infiniti G35
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product, could use better instructions. I installed the kit by myself on my 2007 G 35 Coupe (6 Speed manual transmission). Non-bose stereo and no satellite receiver. However, my car was pre wired for satellite radio (if a infiniti dealer runs your vin they can tell you if it is or not). For me the 16 pin connector for linking a satellite unit was located in the trunk (driver side), under the black plastic piece surrounding the spare tire. I connected the 16 pin receiver on the USA Spec cable to this connector. For my install I had issues dealing with crutch field tech, mainly because the instructions USA SPEC sent them were slightly off. Even though i was not running an aux cable, from the red and white RCA inputs, DIP switch #1 and #3 needed to be turned on (not just #3 or not just #4). I put all the interior back together and ran the cable to the compartment above the radio unit. Works like a charm!

Pros: -Functionality -Easy to Use -Direct mode lets you control iPod and scroll through artists, playlists, songs etc

Cons: -directions

USA Spec iPod® Interface for Nissan

Written by: Fireman Rick from Lakeland, FL on October 14, 2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought this item for my 2010 Infiniti G37 Base Coupe without any Navigation or Premium packages. I was playing my iPod through the car's RCA inputs with no charging capabilities. After removing the carpet and plastic trunk floor panels, the factory/OEM XM receiver is located on the right-side of the trunk. I unplugged the OEM connector from the dash stereo system to the XM receiver and incorporated the USA/Spec interface and cable, circling it around the trunk area. I decided to leave my iPod in the trunk to avoid further removal of interior body components to locate it elsewhere. This unit is truly plug-n- play. Initial set-up was fairly easy and the entire process should take less than an hour.

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Serice

Written by: BDB from Texas on October 9, 2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I can't say how well this product worked 100% due to the fact I know little to nothing about car parts and that it was my boyfriend's present, but I will say this is the best company as far as service goes. They did a fabulous job of getting my order started as well as packing it so that it would not get thrown around. PS, the car is full of music, so it works great!

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Good Product

Written by: Rick B from Chesapeake, VA on September 26, 2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The USA Spec Ipod interface is an great product. I would only wish there was a steering wheel audio feature so that I could change the tunes from my steering wheel. Otherwise a superior product and is much cheaper than the factory accessory.

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Perfect solution for Nissan Altima's with factory navigation

Written by: Mike from New York, NY on August 22, 2011

2009 Nissan Altima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

As mentioned by another reviewer, the PA15-INFI is the only iPod adapter out there that works with 2007-2010 Nissan Altimas with factory navigation. The hookup is through the CD changer rather than the the radio itself making installation much easier. The cables and the PA15-INFI box can all easily fit behind the dash where you remove the CD changer. A little velcro helped hold the box in place and a few wire ties helped manage the spool of 6ft cable snug behind the dash. I had to drill a hole, about half an inch in diameter, in the center console to run the iPod cable through which was no big deal. The iPod and cable are out of sight in the center console arm rest and I control my music through my steering wheel while song info shows up on my lcd screen. The other nice thing about hooking up through the CD changer is that you don't need to do an initial programming and setup of the PA15-INFI like you do with some other vehicles - you're good to go as soon as it's plugged in. Oh, and you can still use your cd changer if you want to. Overall, easy set up and perfect function. Crutchfield's mastersheet made removing the cd changer a breeze too.

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USA Spec iPod® Interface for Nissan

Written by: LanceJ70 from Daytona Beach, FL on August 20, 2011

2009 Nissan Murano
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I got this for a 2009 Murano SL without navi, but is equipped with XM Sat. I got the Infiniti model PA15-INFI since the USA Spec Rep said this one connects directly to the satellite module which is located between the rear seat and the spare tire in the back. This was much easier to access than the Nissan model PA15-NIS which will only connect to the radio which is much more difficult to get to. I had it all connected and working within 20 mins. Theres a short programming you need to do to in order to program the IPOD adapter to the radio to use it properly. The only problem I had was that the button for turning the random on/off (preset #4) does not work. I tried different scenarios with the dip switches on the ipod adapter, but stuck with the recommended setting from USA Spec. Other settings did turn on/off the random, but for me its no big deal as I can live without it. For this issue I am rating this product as a 4 star, but over all it works well and has excellent sound quality coming out of the Bose speaker system. All the other presets and buttons work properly for changing folders between Albums, Artists & All Songs and also Direct Ipod control. Hopefully at some point USA Spec will have an update to the firmware of the adapter that will correct this one issue for my vehicle, but until then I will enjoy using my Ipod in my Murano.

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Great product, but the instructions were rather confusing

Written by: Scott S. from Dallas, TX on August 8, 2011

2004 Infiniti G35
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a great product to purchase if you're looking to integrate your iPod or iPhone with your pre-existing car stereo system. I purchased this item to install in my Infiniti G35. The installation went smoothly, however the actual setup and calibration of the product took a bit of extra time. The instruction manual provided by USA-SPEC was rather confusing when it came to setting up the interface to accept the mp3 player. There were some errors in the manual, as well as some omissions. After calling USA-SPEC, I was provided with the correct and up-to-date information needed to finish setting up the interface. In summation, this is a great product...once you figure it out. Initially, understanding how to operate it can be slightly confusing, but once you get the hang of it, you'll end up appreciating it more than you'll be cursing it.

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Excellent product

Written by: Matt from Austin, TX on July 29, 2011

2006 Infiniti M35
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed this in my Infiniti M35 to interface with my iPhone 4 and it worked exactly as advertised. Installation was completely plug and play, even for someone like me with limited technical ability. I did take it to a 3rd party to actually run the cabling to the front of the vehicle and into the center console, which I did not want to attempt myself, but I had it working on my drive to the installers location. Sound quality is excellent - at least the equivalent of the other audio options in the vehicle - CD, DVD, Radio. If you are looking for iPod/iPhone integration in your Infiniti, this should definitely be a consideration for you.

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USA Spec iPod® Interface for Nissan

Written by: Dave B from New England on May 9, 2011

Installed this in my sister in laws 2007 Murano with backup camera (no nav). The instructions were somewhat confusing but eventually we figured it out. You have to be sure to set the dip switches properly and also do the initial iPod setup or you it won't work entirely correctly. We saw weird characters on the screen but heard the audio initially and then realized we accidentally set the dip switches wrong and it was in CD Changer mode not XM mode. It works well but the only downside is there's no way to jump ahead artists or songs other than going one by one but I guess that's the limitation you deal with when you have to work with a factory system.

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2006 Nissan Murano with factory Premium sound system and NAV

Written by: Mark W from Chicago, IL on March 19, 2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a great product. Extremely easy install and sounds great. I did not have to give up any functionality (AM, FM, XM, CD, NAV) to make this work. Only iPod (iPhone) interface I could find on the market for my 2006 Nissan Murano that would work with the factory Bose premium sounds system.

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Works in 2010 Nissan Armada

Written by: JoeB from Tallahassee, FL on February 4, 2011

2010 Nissan Armada
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works about as well as I expected it to in this vehicle. I have installed and used several iPod controlling devices and radios in several vehicles, and knew that some are much better than others. But I really wanted to keep my factory radio in this car, so I opted for the USA SPEC after looking at several equivalent models. They all seemed about equal, but I have been well taken care of by Crutchfield over the years, and felt better buying the product they recommend. Installation was a little more difficult than was represented by USA SPEC, but then, their literature did not address the 2010 and later vehicles, so I knew it was a gamble. Ended up having my dealer put it in. The initial programming was a bit confusing, and I had to call USA SPEC to find out how to do it. Very nice guy there walked me al the way through the programing - was concerned I wouldn't be able to get him off the phone! Works best in playlist mode for me. Direct control is cool - just wish it displayed the song info in that mode. It must be very hard to make a product like this for so many variations of radios and installation instructions! Hey - I got what I was after!

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The ONLY iPod Interface I've Found for Nissan Altimas WITH Nav

Written by: BuzzDog from Northwest Arkansas on November 20, 2010

2008 Nissan Altima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is the only iPod interface I've found that is compatible with 2007 - 2009 Nissan Altimas equipped with factory navigation. That being said, it is a compromise between a 100% integrated iPod interface, and simply using the auxiliary input provided from the factory. This product emulates a second six-disc CD changer, so pressing the CD/AUX button switches between the actual CD changer and the iPod. When the car is moving the screen display is limited by Nissan's "lockout" of certain displays, but just having the ability to switch tracks and albums from the steering wheel controls and head unit makes this product worthwhile. Installation instructions are excellent; however, for the Altima you will NOT have to remove the head unit, just the CD changer. This makes installation relatively easy. It's also helpful to set the parking brake and move the shifter into "D" during installation; doing so makes the changer much easier to remove. One nitpick: The connector is rather bulky; iPhones with certain silicone covers may not plug in fully and will disconnect at the slightest movement of the phone. This is easily fixed by switching to another cover.

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Good product, instructions could be better

Written by: Anonymous from Endicott, NY on June 13, 2010

2005 Infiniti G35
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed this in my 2005 Infiniti G35 coupe with Bose factory satellite ready radio. The hardware installation was not a problem. However, the problems occured when I tried to follow the folder mode setup procedure. I could not get the radio presets to work, as documented in the instructions. After a call to Crutchfield support, they decided to call USA Spec directly. Long story short, I have a Radio button, so I set the DIP switches according to the SAT1 and SAT2 chart in the instructions. However, USA Spec instructed me to set the DIP switches as if I had a Preset A-B-C button. They also said I didn't need to use the track up button to set the presets, just plug in the iPod and then set each preset, 1 thru 6, without pressing any other buttons. This did the trick and now the presets are working correclty. So, the instructions could be better. The folder mode setup instructions weren't quite right for my car and they also contained some major typos. Also, some of the text display functions don't quite work as documented. However, these are minor problems and I am generally happy with the product, since it does what I wanted it to do.

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Much easier than anticipated

Written by: 944mike from Alexandria, VA on March 25, 2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Own a 2006 Infiniti G35 Coupe, radio has Bose, Bluetooth, and Sirius factory installed. Sirius tuner was in rear trunk on left (driver) side and was clearly labeled. Factory head unit has a radio button which allows two Sirius selections. Ejected all CDs and turned radio off. Just exposed the spare tire, lifted it out, and removed the plastic shroud which covered the Sirius tuner. Pulled out the male plug from the Sirius tuner and plugged it into the cable containing a female adapter supplied with the PA15-Infi. This then replugs back into the Sirius tuner the other end of which plugs into the PA15 box (supplied) at the location labeled as "radio". Connected the ground wire to one of the frames housing the Bose, Sirius, Bluetooth, etc. (actually did this first). Connected the supplied ipod cable to the PA15 box, ran it through the back seat, and up to the center console (this took a little time and effort). Tested it before running the wires up through the rear seats and it worked on the first go. Will need to play with the settings, but figured out how to navigate through folders, artists, etc. using the ipod itself (set the dip switch to "on" for #4 only). Very happy to say the least!

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So Much Easier With Sat Radio Trunk Connections!!

Written by: Timothy from Amherst, NY on December 31, 2009

The sound is great, as good as the factory-installed iDrive iPod connection on our 2008 BMW 335xi. On this one, a 2006 Infiniti G35x-no Bose stereo, no satellite radio receiver installed-it was a piece of cake to get the iPod up and running in about 15 min. Luckily all the G35's, and most if not all Infiniti's now, come pre-wired with Satellite radio wiring that would place the XM receiver in the trunk. I just removed three panel plugs, peeled away the trunk liner and on the right side underneath the rear deck was the wiring harness neatly tucked away. A simple plug in to the main harness, self-tap the ground to the trunk wall (an easy but important step-I first tried without this and the radio didn't sense the Sat input nor did the iPod unit work), and feed the main wire through the side of the rear seat deck. I was listening to the iPod in about five minutes and spent the rest of the time trying to decipher the instruction manual describing the "setup" of the unit to control the iPod from my factory stereo in a more intiuitive way that they refer to as "folder list" mode. But the sound is great and the iPod works manually just fine when I hit channel 5 on the tuner. Overall a great design to avoid the dreaded dash dissection (I've had to do that on our previous cars for iPod hookup and it is no fun lying upside-down on a car seat removing dash panel screws!!).

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What's in the box?

Download the USA Spec iPod® Interface for Nissan manual

  • PA15-INFI iPod to Infinity/Nissan interface
  • 6' iPod to interface cable (CB-PA105)
  • 15' Interface to OEM radio cable (CDL-NISx)
  • Owner's manual

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Features

Overview: The USA SPEC PA15-INFI interface connects a compatible iPod to select Infinity and Nissan audio systems. Its on-board software translates commands from your factory radio's CD-changer or Satellite Radio controls into commands the iPod understands. This interface enables the iPod to coexist with your factory system and provides a line-level input to your audio system for optimal sound quality. Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

iPod Charging: The iPod's internal battery is charged whenever it's connected to the PA15-INFI; charging stops automatically 30 minutes after the ignition is turned off or the iPod is paused.

iPod Compatibility: The PA15-INFI is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features when connected to a compatible Nissan or Infinity 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

Notes:

  • *Requires Apple Lightning to 30-pin Adapter (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.

Controls: There are two modes of controlling your iPod:

  • Folder Mode: access three folders (Playlist, Artist, and Album) on your iPod from your factory radio
  • 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

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.

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

Auxiliary Input: In addition to the iPod input on the PA15-INFI 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.

Vehicle Compatibility: This interface enables your iPod to co-exist with the factory navigation, CD changer, Satellite Radio receiver, and DVD system of many Infinity and Nissan vehicles; please check the Crutchfield Vehicle Selector to confirm compatibility.

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

5 questions already asked

Yes we do sell the individual Ipod cable. Would be Item #: 581CBP105 for $19.99. Here is a link to the item on our website: http://www.crutchfield.com/p_581CBP105/USA-Spec-CB-PA-105-iPod-Cable.html?search=CB+PA105&osp=cb-pa105&tp=125 [ Kenny  Dec 21, 2015 ]  Staff
No it only wires an iPod to the car so you can work the iPod music on the dash controls [ JOHN  Dec 20, 2015 ]
I am certain it is two different systems. In my 2007 M35x, I connect my iphone5 via the Bluetooth capability that came with the stock car audio system. I can use the cars microphone (near the driver side visor above my head) and speakers to talk and listen. The ipod interface only allows me to play songs on my iphone5 through the car stereo and charges the iphone5. I have also connected a 30 pin to lightening adapter to use my iphone5. I am not sure what the '05 Qx56's audio system comes with. [ DARRYL  Dec 19, 2015 ]
You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Jeff  Dec 19, 2014 ]  Staff
Yes, I stream Pandora frequently on long trips without a problem. I'm running iOS 7 on my phone through the interface. [ BRIAN R  Apr 28, 2014 ]
Yes [ JOHN  Apr 28, 2014 ]
Yes it streams [ NATHAN  Apr 28, 2014 ]
J E, Sorry, I use it only for an old school IPod Classic. Not sure how compatible it would be for a new IPhone with Pandora, etc. You'd be better off trying to contact the USA Spec folks. [ DANIEL M  Apr 28, 2014 ]
No [ BRANDON  Apr 28, 2014 ]
I have it installed on my 04 g35c and I have an iPhone 5 with iOS 6.02 and it plays any type of audio I have on my phone, YouTube, pandora, spotify and even when I play games. [ FERNANDO  Apr 27, 2014 ]
J E, Yes this product supports iOS 6 and above. It works with my iPhone 5 with the lightning adapter running iOS 7. Just set your radio to aux mode and you can control pandora etc directly from your ipod or change tracks using the radio interface. So far I used with with pandora and slacker and they work just fine. Hope that helps. [ DEVIN  Apr 27, 2014 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the install. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy  Mar 07, 2014 ]  Staff