USA Spec iPod® Interface for Nissan
Connects your iPod to select 1999-up Nissan or Infiniti factory radios
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You can take it with you. Just because you've got a factory radio in your Nissan or Infiniti, 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. Plus you'll still be able to connect a CD changer or a satellite radio tuner.
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 Nissan or Infiniti factory radio. Plug your iPod into the interface — you can control volume, source, song selection, and up to five different playlists right from the radio. And the interface charges your iPod while it's connected. You even get an auxiliary input for connecting a Dock & Play satellite radio, MP3 player, or other external source.
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 "Hands-on Research" for specific iPod model compatibility with this iPod adapter.
I've used several of these USA Spec iPod interfaces for factory radios in other cars and like those, this one works well. I added this to a 2000 Maxima we picked up for my son's first driver. He has all of the sound from the factory Bose system with the ability (now) to connect an iPhone. Both the iPhone interface and the audio patch cable (for other phones/devices with a 3.5MM headphone plug) work great. For devices other than the iPhone/iPod, you need to purchase the stereo RCA to 3.5mm cable and it's available on ebay or from Radio Shack for a few dollars. I mounted this under the console. You have to remove the console to do it but it's a simple operation. When removing the radio, watch that the lower ends of the factory bracket don't scratch the dash.
Pros: The Crutchfield Master sheet that comes with the device describes the process of removing the radio. Videos are available on youtube to show the process live and in person. All of the necessary cables are provided and are long enough to place the device just about anywhere in the console or under the dash.
Cons: The documentation that comes from USA Spec is a little sketchy. Hint: When installing, select the right cable from the kit (either for the radio with CD/Changer or for radio with SAT option) and look at the back of the radio. If you try to follow the diagram in the manual, you'll get confused because the depiction of the radio is different than the actual radio. Once you look at the rear of the radio it become obvious where the cables plug in.
Pretty much a plug and play system good product
Pros: Good quality easy to install
Cons: The ipod controls on the radio are a but difficult
some what easy to install and easy to use, still need to program unit
Pros: easy to use with steering wheel controls and with rca cable you can use your iphone to talk hands free thru your stereo
Cons: not real easy to program so you get the data on your stock stereo, install could be a little clearer on extra plugs and wires and plugs.....but with extra time you can do the guess work :)
This item works. The instructions could be better. But its applicaiton does cover several types of cars. I had some surprised with its use in my 2013 Niss 370z that I liked. Seems a bit quarky, but it's functions so I am happy.
Pros: steering wheel buttons work. it shuffles my music, I can skip songs easily. Even with my dot-matrix display on my factory stereo, it will show song names or artist.
Cons: Every time I shut off my car and restart, I have to reselect the ipod because it will default to sat radio.
Best solution to add an iPhone, aux, or any type of mp3, DVD player to m35x factory system
Pros: Installation Instructions were really simple to follow. The controls are easy to followIt gives me access to my iPhone 4S and not have to make CDs
Cons: So far I haven't found any cons other than installing instructions were a bit vague.
Worked great until it didn't! Awesome for about 6 months, but then completely stopped working for no reason! My stock car stereo still works, but the USA Spec PA-15 installed unit is absolutely invisible! No one would ever know I have it my car because it just one day disappeared!
Pros: Works good!
Cons: Only works for a few months!!!
Ordered the product amd installed it myself into 2005 infiniti g35, other than disassembling the console of the car, installation was also simple. Exactly what I wanted in terms of sound quality.
Pros: Simple, easy to use
Cons: Is not always immediately ready upon entry to the car, takes a few button pushes.
This is an excellent addition for those people looking to install iPod control into their Infiniti or Nissan radios. I installed it on my 2004 G35 in just one night, and would have done it a lot faster, had I not forgotten to fully pushed in a cable all the way the first time I opened up the dash. Installation is fairly intuitive (open up the dash, pull some cables, and install the box in between those cables).
The box has a couple of presets - "Folder mode" for people who enjoy using their buttons on the radio to somehow try and control the ipod in a crazy weird folder structure format, or "Playlist mode" for people who just want access to 4 playlists, which can be user-defined. I personally use the ipod in "user control mode" , which means that you can just push the buttons and wheel on the ipod itself to select which music you want to listen to. The other modes turn off the screen (it says "Connected to NISSAN" or somesuch), so this other mode works really well for me.
It also includes input for an RCA (male) -> auxiliary (male) cable, for people who want to play music from their non-apple phones , so that's good as well.
And sound clarity is great. I love being able to skip songs from the steering wheel, and having the ipod automatically charge and play and pause when I turn on/ off the car. It's awesome.
The instructions that came with the box are a little bit wonky though, I definitely suggest reading them a bunch of times before trying to install.
Pros: Easy installation, sound quality, ease of use, Crutchfield's instructions are great
Cons: Folder mode is terrible, box instructions are strange
The install directions were a little unclear as to what to unplug and replug. Fortunately my buddy made good educated guesses. The connection works and sounds great. The controls are a little confusing and will take a little getting used to. I know they can't put every car model in there, but maybe an online reference to see the exact back of your stereo would help.
Pros: Not too painful to install. A little time and a lot of patience. Sounds a heck of a lot better than the FM modulator I had.
Cons: Directions and pictures are not very clear on how to hook things up to the back of the stereo.
This is a great upgrade from the typical aux connector, the radio transmitters or even the old cassette player adapter for your iPod. I love how the song / artist displays on the screen also. Another thing I have noticed is the sound quality is amazing! It also keeps the iPod charged. Easy to install on my 2005 Murano! However, there is one drawback (see 'Cons'), but I usually keep it in 'Shuffle' mode so it doesn't bother me too much.
Pros: Able to see artist / song on display, hidden wires, sound quaility, also has option for aux cable for other devices.
Cons: The only downfall to this device is when you want to listen to a particular artist it takes forever to get to it. Let me explain; I have nearly 12 gigs of songs on my iPod, if I'm listening to and artist who's name starts with a 'B', and I want to listen to an artist who's name starts with a 'T', I have to scroll to the 'T's, and with maybe 200 artists in between, I have to press my '>' button 200 times to get to the 'T''s. I guess if it were a kob that I could turn it would be much faster
Easy to install. setting up to operate is a little technical. But I love it .This is the only one I could find that worked with a 2005 Nissan Xterra
product works how it is supposed to just hard to hook up .... no instructions for 2012 altima !! call the company if u need assistamce ...very helpful
Pros: works as it says
Cons: hard to hook up ...instructions are vague and not at all descriptive on how to hook up
I was nervous to do this install myself but after I googled how to pull out the radio in my 2005 Nissan Murano it was a piece of cake! I'm glad I didn't pay a professional.....it was too easy!!
Pros: Sounds great!
Cons: Navigating the controls are a little odd....but still beats the FM transmitter!
Installation on my 2006 Nissan 350z with standard non-bose stereo worked. Some sites say it can't be done, but this product says it can, and it can. You do need to read the guide carefully to set the DIP settings correctly (in my case, I think they are all turned on, and that's the way it came so I didn't even have to adjust anything). Set up was somewhat expected for someone never having ventured inside of cars. The mastersheet was perfect. The hardest part of the installation for me was getting the actual plugs out of the original radio. I'm no good with those big harnesses. There's a little button on the top middle you can push which lets it pop out, but with such limited space it was really difficult. In fact plugging it back in was even harder and I couldn't get it to click in but eventually pushed it enough that I thought it wasn't going anywhere and left it. It works. I ran the wires down below the AC unit, and left the little box from this ipod adapter in there on a little paper towel for some cushion, then ran the iPod cables down by the gear shifter and out the bottom right side of center console. Hid the wires under passenger seat and keep the ipod in the center beverage holder. This thing is great.
Pros: Perfect quality, steering wheel controls work, very quick to start playing, possible to install yourself, AUX input AND iPod 30 pin dock connecter. (RCA AUX cable not included), works with standard radio on my 2006 350z (Has two buttons on top: RADIO and CD)
Cons: RCA cable for AUX input not included (get your own red and white to AUX 3.5mm cord to add during installation if you want). When using it in Direct / Playlist mode, the iPhone has full controls over music only when preset 5 on the radio is pressed. If 1-4 are selected it still plays but the iPhone just says "audio accessory connected" with no album art or controls available. I prefer the other way, but when I turn it on, it defaults to preset 4. Not a big deal. That's the only con.
I didn't want to replace the excellent-sounding Bose system in my '99 Infiniti I30. A cassette adapter wasn't giving me the sound quality out of Pandora and TuneIn on my iPhone 4. I bought this and installed it - WOW!
Internet radio apps and anything else sounds INCREDIBLE on my factory Bose system now -- way better than the Monster cassette adapter I was using. For a 12 year-old car with a premium sound system that still sounds awesome, this is the ONLY way to go if you want smartphone radio apps blasting through your speakers. Love this thing - although had to remove the entire Bose assembly to get to the changer connectors. But, I didn't even lose my 6-CD changer at all! Very cool. If I ever need an AUX input, I have one now. Thanks USA Spec. Love this gem.
Pros: The only way to go without replacing factory unit with a top-of-the-line factory sound system.
Cons: Price kinda high for what it is.
Wife loves it for two reasons: much better sound quality and volume than via antenna-adapters; charges iPod too.
Note: you need a Y connector cable to use the audio input (2 RCA male to go into unit and mini stereo to go into your audio device)
Crutchfield staff very good as always. Also USA Spec had US techs available too. Manual is confusingly written (probably by the programmer). That's the only reason for 4 stars instead of 5.
Tips: quick search will bring up both helpful photos and videos of radio removal on Murano. Place gear shift in L, place cloth or cardboard on console to prevent scratches, turn radio up side down for better access and view of connector release clips. Use good quality #2 phillips for the 4 screws - they may be very tight and you don't want to strip the heads. Hold lower trim pieces together and insert both up at the same time.
Easy to install, and the sound quality is great. No background hiss or static.
This product works great for my 1996 infiniti I30. Installation took a while but it was well worth it. I get clear sound.
Excellent product. Easy install, just 2 plugs! Interface with radio is awesome. Took a little time to learn all the controls, but instant operation upon install.
This was the best product i could have bought for my car. It was easy to install, the sound quality is amazing, it's easy to use, and I would recommend it to anyone considering it.
This adapter works excellent. The install was easy and it works seamlessly with my
2006 NIssan Frontier Rockford Fosgate stereo system. I run my iphone on the
direct control mode as that allows me to easily stream Pandora and have touch
screen access to my iTunes library. Definitely worth purchasing as the CD quality
sound trumps any FM transmitter system hands down.
I bought this so I could listen to my iphone 4 in my infiniti, everywhere I
called they wanted 250 or higher for installation telling me how difficult it
is. After purchasing this at a great price and following the instructions, it
was much easier then I expected, I installed it the very same day that I got it.
The only thing I would have to say is that the usa manual diagram picture of the
radio is not exact to the car. One plug goes into the plug that fits into the
white socket and the other goes into one of the black sockets. It took me 45
minutes to do the install and that's only because I was confused by the picture.
easy install and use! excellent sound quality! great product!
Purchased this for my wife's Infiniti G35x and have been enjoying the freedom of
listening to what we want when we want vs. the same ole local radio playlists. The
difficulty of upgrading the Infiniti radio system made this adapter the perfect choice and
kept our expenses well below our budget limit. Does not provide great flexibility with the
non-Bose system installed in the car (on screen display is limited, control of iPod is
limited), but once you have the iPod connected it can be manually changed by selecting
CD 5 or 6 position on the stereo. Not the most desireable action while driving!
Additionally, I'm not sure it is charging the iPod in these positions. In CD 4 the iPod
works great, you have limited display capabilities, but can change tracks easily by the
stereo controlls. Other CD positions will scroll to the next playlist on the iPod, but for my
wife we have not created playlists on her Nano and that works just fine for her. On my 5th
gen iPod the playlist scrolling can become confusing without display capabilities since I
have multiple playlists established. However, when I get to the heavy metal list why
move from there!!!
I have a fully integrated Kenwood system in my F-150 (CD, DVD, GPS, iPod) so I'm a bit
spoiled, but overall I would not trade this unit in unless someone offered me a full
integrated system to replace the factory stereo. Don't see that happening so we will
continue to roll on down the highway singing the tunes of our choosing.
First off, this is a VERY easy install, depending on how hard it is to take apart your dash.
It's also very inexpensive. However, how it works isn't the best; but I know it isn't easy to
engineer a universal OEM integration that works with many models of cars. My initial
misconception with the interface is that it does NOT allow scrolling by names (370Z
Bose stereo). You press channel up, you get "CH" +1 displayed, and a short while later
(depending on the display you've chosen), you get song title, album, etc. Navigating thru
a large list of songs is tedious, but MUCH better than fumbling with a scroll wheel while
Don't get me wrong, for the price, it's slick and useful. But down the road (1-2 years), I'll be
looking for a touch screen based aftermarket install. If you want true OEM integration,
this works fine, and is worth the money paid. Just be prepared for the interface quirks
imposed by the limitations of working within OEM stereos.
I have this installed in two cars and it works. Crutchfield was very helpful with the
installation. It took a little work to install. Its nice to have an iphone charger and interface
with the factory radio.
Crutchfield is great, again! I love buying and not having any worries. The job
was a bit of work, did it in two hours, this car is a bit of work to get the
radio out. Now the tech guy I asked at the USA-spec don't have a clue, I should
have called Crutchfield instead! I figured it out after a few mins. on my own. I
love the way it is hidden, the way I can control the i-pod from the steering
wheel, and that if I want to get to the box in the future there is enough wire
so I could put it by the glove box.
Easy intall... best sound....Excelent instructions Crutchfield
With 5 chanel amp, components and a 10" sub on factory location.
(I can't submit my review without a ratting, so disregard the single-star.) I can't rate the performance of this product, as it is not compatible with my car as Crutchfield had originally believed. I have a 2003 Maxima with factory Bose, in-dash 6-CD changer, and cassette player. I received the PA15 and reviewed the instructions. Despite conflicting compatibility specs from the USA Spec website, Crutchfield advisors assured me it would work with my vehicle. I took out the Bose head-unit, and the connections did not match up. After a call with Crutchfield they agreed that it is not compatible. (It sounded like having the cassette player was the deciding factor, but I'm not sure.) Crutchfield honored their return policy and sent me a pre-paid return slip. Alas, I am stuck with the cassette-type adaptor until (if) something better comes along.
[Editor's Note: Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We have corrected our database.]
usa-spec ipod interface works great.Removing radio in my 05 murano was a breeze,thanks to the crutchfield tech support staff.The instructions that came with the interface were a bit too general,had to use trial and error in order to find the right connections!However,once you hook up ,and perform the one-time set up procedure,you are good to go!The playlist feature is great,and the random play feature is a nice plus.The sound quality is outstanding!I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking for quality sound from their ipod through their car stereo system.
Connection to my car was relatively easy. Instructions were okay but could've been more thorough. Controlling my iPod through my factory radio works well. Sound quality is the best part. My iPod sounds every bit as good as an original CD in my CD player does. Definitely recommended for anyone that wants to play their iPod in their car without sacrificing sound quality.
2000 Nissan Maxima
Factory Bose radio without Factory CD changer
iPod Classic with Apple lossless files
This product worked well once installed. The instructions from USA Spec were a
bit convoluted, but a quick call to Crutchfield tech support proved helpful as
they gave me a direct number to specialist at USA Spec who immediately solved my
problem. The technical service from both Crutchfield and USA Spec was
outstanding. I would highly recommend purchasing products from Crutchfield in
Excellent product using an I-POD or just a regular MP3 player. Works just like it is suppose to, radio removale instructions excellent. Wire up instructions a bit wrong but TECH SUPPORT got me the answer I needed ASAP & I was up & running in no time.
Overview: The USA SPEC PA15-NIS interface connects a compatible iPod to select Infiniti 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.
Vehicle Compatibility: This interface enables your iPod to co-exist with the factory CD changer and Satellite Radio receiver of many Infiniti and Nissan vehicles; please check the Crutchfield Vehicle Selector to confirm compatibility. Please consult the Crutchfield Vehicle Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.
iPod Compatibility: The PA15-NIS is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features when connected to a compatible Nissan or Infiniti 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|
- *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.
Dual Control Modes: There are three modes of controlling your iPod: Direct Mode, Playlist Mode, and Folder Mode. Depending upon your factory radio you will need to configure the interface (using the DIP switches) to a combination of the Direct Mode, plus either the Playlist Mode or Folder Mode:
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.
iPod Charging: The iPod's internal battery is charged whenever it's connected to the PA15-NIS; charging stops automatically 30 minutes after the ignition is turned off or the iPod is paused.
Auxiliary Input: In addition to the iPod input on the PA15-NIS 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.
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We do sell the replacement iPOD cable, here it is 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 If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can see if there may be another cause or an option for replacement. 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. [ Kenny Dec 31, 2015 ] Staff
For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy Aug 20, 2014 ] Staff
Lori, I am not sure about the SAT radio. I used to hook up my iPod. To do this I had to give up he use of the CD player/changer. I do not have a SAT Radio. Seems like you would have to give up the use of one or the other (SAT Radio or CD Player) to make this work. Sorry I can't be of more assistance. Jim [ JIM Jun 05, 2014 ]
Yes if you use a RCA cable with the aux jack and use the headphone output of the phone [ JOE May 15, 2014 ]
Hi Charlie, yes it will work for audio functions, but you can't control your Samsung from your car stereo, only direct from the Samsung device [ MARIO May 13, 2014 ]
Yes but you will have to buy a separate cable. It only cost a couple bucks and it will work with any phone. It will not charge it though. [ J ULYSSES May 12, 2014 ]
I don't think so... But it could with an adaptor It comes with a 30 pin iPhone. Cord. And it works with my iPhone 5 perfect. Best wishes! I do love this kit! [ RONALD May 12, 2014 ]
No, will only work directly with Iphone's with 30 pin connector (up to iPhone 4s). It will work with a iPhone with Lightning connector if you get the Apple 30 pin to Lightning adapter. This unit is only designed to work with Apple phones, no others [ JOHN May 12, 2014 ]
Yes it will. When installing it let's you have 2 input methods ie ipad adapter and 3.5mm jack. With the 3.5mm jack you can easily plug in your phone for media playback. [ EDDIE May 12, 2014 ]
Yes, but...you will use the audio cord to connect. The control cable that links power and iPhone controls is only for Apple products. So you can play songs thru the radio by plugging into the headphone jack but you'll have to control from the phone. Also, it won't charge. I've tested the audio feed and it works great! Good luck. [ Andy May 12, 2014 ]
It will only work if you add the additional aux output to the system [ STEPHON May 12, 2014 ]
I don't think so. The plug on it is designed for an older iPod/iPhone, it's the long narrow iPod plug. [ BRYAN E May 12, 2014 ]