USA Spec iPod® Interface for GM
Connects your iPod to select 2005-08 Corvette and 2004-07 Cadillac factory radios
Item #: 581PA15VET
Your price: $169.99 Earn up to 170 Rewards points
Our experts help you pick the ideal gear for your needs.Meet our advisors
Free tech support for the life of your gear.Read about our one-on-one expert help
You may return items that are complete and like new for any reason within 60 days.See the details of our return policy
Earn one point for every dollar you spend and use those points to save on future purchases.Get full details on Crutchfield Rewards
Our customers have trusted us with their business, and they’ve helped us win awards for our service.Check out our most recent awards
The manufacturer’s warranty always applies.See more details
Item #: 581PA15VET
Your price: $169.99 Earn up to 170 Rewards points
You can take it with you. Just because you've got a factory radio in your Chevrolet Corvette or Cadillac, doesn't mean you have to leave your iPod or iPhone® (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 rear of your compatible factory radio — you won't have to disconnect your CD changer or satellite radio. Plug your iPod into the interface, and you can control volume, source, song selection, and up to five different playlists right from the radio or with your steering wheel audio controls. Or you can switch to "Direct Mode" and use your iPod to access all your songlists. 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.
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.
Fairly easy to install. After installation it works great! very happy. UAS spec I pod needs to also include the Cadillac XLR in their application chart since it is based on the C6 Corvette Chassis, and that wiring is the same. I think they are potentially losing a little business on that, and you can also use the aux plug on their unit and connect a JVC KSBTA100 Add-On Bluetooth Adapter and you can stream and take calls in through the factory radio. These two items work better than my I simple connect I installed in my 2008 Escalade EXT.
Pros: you can add I-pod to play Pandora and favorite songs. With the Aux output you can add JVC KSBTA100 Add-On Bluetooth Adapter to stream and take calls hands free through the factory radio in the vehicle.
Cons: Limited on the onscreen information, and factory buttons for the radio to control I-phone. connection could be updated to an I-Phone 5 connector.
Of all the products that I have purchased from Crutchfield, this has been the best. This product allows me to connect my iPhone to my Corvette allowing me to play my stored music, Pandora or iTunes radio over the Bose sound system in the car. With this purchase I achieved two goals: first I was able to do away with the need to purchase a new automobile with Wi-Fi technology and second I did not renew my very expensive subscription to satellite radio. The instructions from the manufacturer were perfect and I was able to install the device in 15 minutes, required no tools and worked perfectly from the beginning. It reminded me of my experience when I switched from the PC to iMac. One warning is Crutchfield sent instructions on how to install a new radio, which was initially confusing. Just follow the manufacturer's instructions.
Pros: I don't have to buy a new Corvette to get the technology.
Cons: I am not going to but a new Corvette to get the technology.
This interface works really well and the sound is great.
Pros: Song titles are displayed on the stock player screen and the sound is great!
Cons: The instructions are poor but they are usable.
It works perfect - great product - total plug and play - Excellent! I installed it into my 2006 Cadillac XLR. I combined the PA15-Vette module with the JVC KS-BTA100 Bluetooth interface levering the AUX input of the PA15-Vette. The PA15-Vette interface seamlessly integrates into the cars existing BOSE audio system leveraging the XM1 preset buttons (XM still works on XM2)! Excellent sound quality using my iPhone 4 with the included cable or through Bluetooth (AUX). I informed USA-Spec that this interface works in the Cadillac XLR! Great product!!
Pros: Great quality and very easy to install
Works great, needs plug adapter for iPhone 5. Worth the price.
Pros: Aux input
This interface works great. The USA spec website said this was the model to use for my 2006 Hummer H3 with factory monsoon sound system with xm and without navigation. Crutchfield didn't show it as fitting my Hummer, but they said I could try it and return it if it didn't fit my application. Installation is a breeze, taking under a half hour. Plugged the harness into the xm module (which is above the glove box behind a swing down cover) and routed the cable to center console. The sound is great, it sounds as good as the cd player.
Pros: Easy installation, sound quality is excellent.
Cons: A little clumsy to find what you want to play if you're browsing through artists or albums, but as I learn to use it I think it'll be ok. You can always switch to direct ipod control mode and use the ipod controls if you wish.
This worked like a charm. It took about 2 hours to install in my CTS. The instructions from Crutchfield made it easy. It works perfectly with my iPhone.
Pros: Price Functionality
Just installed this in my 2005 Escalade. Love my truck and can't afford the new ones! Hated the fact that I could not plug in my ipod anywhere until I saw this product. After a complete reading of the instructions to make sure I understood all the pre-settings I put it in in an hour. Would have been shorter except the XM Receiver plug had a stubborn blue lock on it. Crutchfield support solved that issue for me -- they always do! Just looked at the plug on the adapter as it has the same blue lock -- dah! So much for years of college on my end. Sound is perfect, menu on touch screen and steering wheel controls all working!! Enough cord to string it to my console in case I want direct ipod access. That is helpful as on searches as the car screen are in alpha order and advancing is slower than ipod wheel. Overall, I saved $72,000 as I did not have to buy a new Escalade to hear my ipod in high quality. Toss those cheap FM Radio channel converters out the window forever! Highly recommend.
Pros: Easy to install, clear music, reasonable price
Cons: None yet
got this item it worked great for two days than it did not work for 1 hour on the third day after install than it came back on and has been working fine
This works as advertised. I saw a ton of different choices, but trusted the Crutchfield reviews and the knowledge that everything I have bought from them just works. I had a friend install it for me, but after watching him tear into my CTS, I would have been able to do it myself...may have just taken a bit longer. Works perfectly. The only thing I wish I had done was to set my presets on the radio XM band before I installed it. So all my presets have a number 1 above them. I am a bit anal and if I did it again I would have set them to stations 1-5, but that's just me. I usually use it in the direct iPod mode. Works with both my 3rd ten touch, as well as with my iPhone 4. I do not get any interference from the power supply when using the iPod on the iPhone or when talking on it using the bluetooth. I left the cable long so that I can share the cord with the kids when they are in the back seat and need to be the car DJ. I would not hesitate to buy this.
First let me say that I do like the product. The sound seems a little dull compared to the CD player, but this may be on my end and not the interfaces fault. I was determined to make this work in my 05 CTS that has no XM radio from the factory. After much research, I was able to make this happen. It required finding the wiring schematic for the CTS that details how the XM receiver would have wired in if it had been there, and then matching up the wires on the USA spec harness. USA Spec would not give me a schematic of their wiring harness, so thumbs down on tech support for them. I was able to figure it out anyway. I then had to have the factory head unit enabled for XM, which was a very short and easy procedure, but requires the Tech 2 that GM dealers use to turn it on. One dealer tried to tell me this wouldn't work if I didn't have XM factory, but they were wrong. I'm not sure why the manufacturer of this product wouldn't make a harness for non-XM cars and sell this product to us as well, but they don't. And you'll get no support from them if you do, as they want to only sell these to people with XM equipped cars. And won't let loose of a simple wiring diagram. I wasn't asking for their whole design, just what their harness plugs into in the GM harness. If I found a way to make this work, why don't they and save us the trouble?
Product is good, not good enought to say it is great. Install was really easy, but
I found that out by reseaching online how other people did the install. I have
an '08 Hummer H3 and the installation instructions were not covered in the
USA spec documentation or the Crutchfield documentation. Biggest complaint
is that since my stereo doesn't have the "Type" dial I can't scroll between artist,
album, or playlist, but since I typically just listen to everything in random mode it
isn't a big deal for me. Other than that the product works great and sounds
Installed this unit in my 06 CTS with XM . Works perfect couldn't ask for better sound quality. The install took about an hour. Great product definitely looking into installing this in my other car.
Installation was a very straight forward and simple. No need to access the rear
of the head unit as this device plugs in to the XM module located in the
driver's side rear quarter panel. Pulled the carpet, plugged in the new harness
and voila! Sound is excellent, crisp and clear.
Installed this unit in my 07 CTS with Bose and XM but no nav system. Works perfect,
couldn't ask for better sound quality out of it.
The install took 2-3 hours, mainly because I had trouble finding the XM receiver.
Crutchfield doesn't supply instructions on how to get to it but in my case, it was located
under the back deck on the driver side of the subwoofer. If you follow the instructions
provided by Crutchfield for the subwoofer replacement this install is relatively
Great product, am definitely looking in to it for my other car.
love the quality of sound and the fact you can control it from your steering wheel
controls, but for the price, i think you really should be able to read a label on the button
instead of an arbitrary number to switch playlists or artists
I put this in an 05 CTS. I was wanting to adapt a MP3 used for music, not an ipod, so I was using the 3.5mm output on the MP3 to the RCA input jacks on the adapter. I knew I was taking a risk that it might not work, but I was NOT going to buy an ipod. It took about an hour to install. The instructions were clear. I was very deliberate and it was not difficult. Then I flipped the switch and......nothing. I checked and rechecked. Then I turned the volume way up and barely heard it. I went to the volume on the MP3 and cranked it all the way up. That did it. With the volume on the MP3 cranked up all the way (it is serving as a pre-amp), it operates at the same volume levels as the Radio, CD, DVD, Satellite, etc. Perfectly. I could not have asked for a better result. It sounds great. I am about to order another for my Ford truck.
I received conflicting information between Crutchfield and the manufacturer's website.
Crutchfield's website indicated the unit would not work with a non-Bose factory system,
the manufacturer indicated that it will work with any factory unit with a XM receiver
installed. I called Crutchfield, discussed this with one of the reps and he indicated that it
may not be tested with the standard radio and therefore shows that it does not work. He
indicated that I should purchase based on the manufactures information. I made the
purchase, self installed and the unit works great and as advertised. Great addition to
my vehicle! Thanks Crutchfield.
I installed this unit in my 2005 Corvette yesterday.
It was very easy to install and works great!
The sound is good through the stock Bose system.
Fast delivery was also appreciated.
The item shipped promptly and is working great!
Great sound - relatively simple install - but the instructions were misleading.
If you have a Sat receiver, that's where the PA15 hooks up to - NOT the factory radio in
the dash. You do NOT need to remove the center console.
In a C6 convertible, the Sat receiver is located under the 'waterfall' (painted vertical
section between the seats, just behind the center console. 2 Torx screws @ the top
(open the ragtop 1/2 way to see) and 2 plastic connectors @ the bottom (drivers side
has a center plunger that needs to be pulled out partway to allow the pin to compress
on the way out) .
PA15 can be velcro'd and strapped to the Sat Reciever - but be careful that the pins
holding the Vette emblem on the waterfall don't impact the unit (look at the backside of
the waterfall to spot the pins)
In the C6 coup, the sat receiver is located above the rear passenger wheel well.
First let me say thanks to Artie - I asked via email for a solution and he got back to me
within an hour. Great response, ordered the unit and arrived in 2 days! Super fast
service. The install was 2 hours - the rear deck on the CTS is cumbersome - but it was
easy to install after that. Worked great for about an hour. (Really) then I lost my XM 2.
The iPod was on both channels. Called Crutchfield on a Sunday and but they were
unsure as to the problem. But they game me USA tech support #. I Called them on
Monday and sure enough there is a known problem. USA picked up on the first ring -
great support. Hey, there are always going to be problems - it is how the company deals
with them that counts. They are shipping me a new unit due to a software glitch. I can't
say anything bad, in fact 4 stars! I would recommend this product and Crutchfield. And
Kudos to Artie and the tech support staff!
It is a great product to fully integrate your ipod/iphone into your car. Installation took 20-30
minutes max, and the Crutchfield help line answered our question in two minutes. Great
product, great service, great company.
This is a great product and the write up by crutchfield was very accurate and good. My only comment is that for my 2007 CTS I had a very difficult time finding installation instructions. Crutchfield indicated no specific instructions were included in the write up but a really wished they had included some. It took me longer tio find instructin on the web then it did to install the unit. The installation was not overly difficult and took just under 2 hours. I ran the connectors thru the molding and up under the drivers seat into the main console. If I had to do it again I would run the cables up the passenger side as there is adequate wirer to do this. All in all I am very happy with the unit adn how it interacts with my 160GB Ipod and the kids Ipod touch's. I would highly recomend this product to anyone.
Great Addition to my 2005 Cadillac SRX (Factory Bose Radio with in-dash CD Changer, XM equipped, no NAV). Works as advertised. Sounds amazing!
USA SPEC tech support is amazing. If you have noise on your XM band after installing this kit, give USA SPEC a call, they were able to send me a special modified cable that solved this issue!
Here are some videos I made for the PA15-VETTE. (Click the link for detailed installation information. Watch the attached video for Review/How to Use information)
I got this for my 07 c6 vette and i am glad i did it works GREAT!! took all of 5 minutes to hook it up, simple. plays all your music and it charges the iphone. the only bad thing is that the iphone when pluged in does not show whats playing and you cant change songs from it ,BUT you can use the steering wheel controlls to change songs and it shows song title and artist on the factory radio display. i was going to change out my factory head unit just so i could use my iphone to play music but i am glad i bought this thing instead. way cheaper this way and you dont have to remove the middle console to get the radio out or even to hook up those other guys adapters/modules. this thing plugs right into the XM receiver which is simple to get to. So overall great and simple device.
I purchased this product for a 2004 Cadillac Escalade ESV with a non touchscreen NAV unit with XM. It literally took me longer to get the product out of the box than to install. Hooked right into the XM unit right behind the glove box using the patch cable supplied. Turn on radio and select XM1 and wala i was listening to the ipod. As long as you set the dip switches according to your vehicle. The kit comes with a long extension cable in case your XM receiver is in the trunk.
Charges Ipod even though the Ipod's warning message says its not. I called tech support and they said it is not an Apple device but if you look at the battery symbol it is charging. I am using the Ipod touch 3rd gen and my wife's 1st gen nano.
Steering wheel controls work great and on screen display of the song and artist. Cd changer still hooked up as well.
A must have - Worth the money!!
Got this (USA Spec iPod interface model#581PA15VET) for my 2006 Cadillac CTS 3.6L Base model with XM. Brought it to a local shop to have it installed and they said it was not the right one and that I needed one for a Volkswagen. WHAT?! I decided to tear apart the car and sure enough there was the XM module on the top deck. Hooked it all up and got it working within 2 hours. Hardest part was dismantling the car. Actual installation of the interface was extremely simple. Excellent product!! Also has many customizable features and I love the aux ports. 5* for sure!
Overview: This interface adapter (PA15-VETTE) connects a compatible iPod or iPhone directly to select GM car audio systems for optimal playback sound quality. This interface allows your iPod or iPhone to co-exist with GM navigation, CD-changer, XM radio, or DVD system; and controls your iPod or iPhone via both the in-dash radio and steering wheel controls. The adapter's on-board software translates commands from your GM radio's CD-changer controls or XM Band controls into commands for your connected iPod or iPhone. The USA Spec iPod-to-GM Interface (PA15-VETTE) offers the following features.
Vehicle Compatibility Chart:
Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.
iPod Compatibility: The PA15-VETTE is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features when connected to a compatible GM 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.
iPod Text: Artist name and song title can be displayed on your factory radio using the GM radio's XM band.
None: Some GM radios will only allow disc number and track number to be displayed.
Operation Modes: The iPod interface adapter features the following modes of operation.
Note: To switch between Operation Modes, you will need to configure the dip switches (1-4) on the side of the interface.
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.
Auxiliary Input: In addition to the iPod input on the PA15-VETTE, there is an auxiliary input (stereo RCA) for use with another source, such as a DVD system, satellite radio, or game system. This aux input can be used with or without the iPod connected. To use the auxiliary input on the interface, dip switch #1 must be set to the "On" position.
At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team. They verify what’s in the box, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.
Yes it does. [ [oname] Jan 19, 2016 ]
It works well with the iPhone but I doubt it will work with the Android. It comes with the iPhone 4s connector which required a 4s to Lightening adapter. I am sure there is no such thing as a 4s to Android adapter. Google and Apple do not play nicely together. [ Edward Jan 19, 2016 ]
The aux portion will but its made to control ipod on gm vehicles. That feature wouldnt work on a android phone [ ARMOND Jan 18, 2016 ]
Yes, you will need a 3.5 aux chord with (2) male ends, the length from this unit to your device. Hooked up to my Samsung S5 just fine, though the chord jack end tends to be loose fitting, especially with a phone case. Some chords fit tighter I have found. [ Mar Jan 18, 2016 ]
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 Oct 20, 2014 ] Staff
I mounted it in the center console. I ran the wire behind the dash, under the console and into the cargo compartment. I had to drill a hole(s) in the bottom of the "bucket" that makes up the compartment in order to fit the cable through. It is then simple to connect the Interface device and iPod cable. This allows me to plug my iPhone into the cable inside the compartment and close the lid so it is completely out of sight. [ MARC Jul 02, 2014 ]
Right behind the glovebox, quick and easy no tools needed. [ JAMES Jul 02, 2014 ]
Just under the glovebox [ JAMES Jul 02, 2014 ]
The limiting factor on locating the interface is the cable length between the interface unit and the satellite receiver. The cable is about 60 inches long so the interface unit would have to be located within that distance. You should be able to locate it there. See diagram below. The diagram was deleted and I can't include the link but google satellite radio receiver location for 2005 Escalade and go to "just answers" for the diagram. The XM receiver is a separate unit that sits under the right hand instrument panel. This view is behind the IP as if you are standing near the right front fender looking under the dash through the windshield. I hope that makes sense. jc [ James Jul 02, 2014 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: You can retain the XM function when this is not in use. The manual states it like this: PA15-VETIE's on board software translates commands from your CD changer control or XM Band control into commands that the iPod understands. i) You can either use the XM control or CD changer control of radio to work with iPod, iTouch or iPhone. Use XM control if text display is desired. Radio must have a BAND button to use XM control. ii) When use XM control, XM1 is for iPod and XM2 is retained for XM broadcast reception. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Mar 20, 2014 ] Staff