USA Spec iPod® Interface for GM
Connects your iPod to select 2006-up GM LAN factory stereos
Item #: 581PA20GM
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Item #: 581PA20GM
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You can take it with you. Just because you've got a GM LAN factory radio or navigation receiver in your General Motors vehicle, doesn't mean you have to leave your iPod at home. Just install USA Spec's GM PA20-GM iPod interface — it allows you to listen to all your favorite tunes through your car's speakers, and to 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 interface to the XM input on your compatible 2006-up GM LAN factory radio. Plug your iPod into the interface and you'll control and charge your iPod while you drive.
Please enter your vehicle information and check Installation Details to find out if this interface is compatible with your vehicle. You can also call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 for help.
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.
Once installed, it works fine. Problem is, one cannot use the simple xm radio hook up instructions/wiring because without subscribing to xm radio one cannot turn to channel 254 to receive the device signal. Therefore, one needs to hook up the device, which means pulling the radio, and hooking it up as if you don't have xm radio and unplug the connection at the xm radio box to get it to work.
Pros: It works
Cons: No simple hook up, unless you subscribe to xm radio.
Took all of 5 minutes to install. super easy, can't wait to listen to music on my way to work
Great product that is easy to use. I bought this for my wife's 2009 GMC Acadia. Works great! She loves it!
Pros: Easy to use. Easy hook up. Instructions are easy to follow.
Sound comes right through the XM radio as advertised. Didn't start up like they said in the literature, but works anyway and it might be operator error.
Pros: Steering controls work. Very easy to install in Chev Avalanche
Wow,,,Great adapter, installed it in 15 minutes.Had my iPod configured, up and running in about 10 minutes. Highly recommend if you want to use your iPod on a factory stereo
Pros: easy to install and easy to use
Excellent, high quality product!
Pros: Outstanding sound quality. Easy to install.
Cons: Operating/use instructions could be more clear.
READ IF BUYING FOR A SAAB WITH NAV - The unit operates great, like it should. However it seems to be faulted when paired with a SAAB nav unit - tracks seem to skips forward or repeat at random intervals on their own. Tried with different ipods, iphone and exchanged the PA20-GM for a second unit. Still Skips. Rating 4 stars because this unit is technically not designed for this vehicle.
Pros: Good Display
Cons: Tracks Skip forward or Repeat randomly.
Works great in my 2009 Saab 9-3 w/Bose sound system. Yes, that's right, in my Saab. If you own a Saab 9-3 2007-2011, Bose system or not, this will work in your car (as long as you have XM radio, which I know was standard equipment for 2007-2009, not sure about 2010 and 2011). This will absolutely NOT work in a 2006 and older Saab 9-3. The factory head unit is a re-purposed, re-programmed, and re-trimmed version of the standard GM head unit that you find, for example, in a Chevy Silverado (Saab did this to cut costs). Installation is easy, just remove rear passenger trunk liner to expose the XM unit, plug in the USA Spec in between the car harness and the XM unit, run the iPod cable to the front center console. Crystal clear CD quality sound. I have had this for 2 years and I've compared the sound quality between the same song (USA Spec vs. physical CD in player), and I can't tell the difference. Allows you to control (and charge) the iPod from the factory head unit, or you have the option of controlling it from the iPod. Displays song title, artist, genre, etc., even scrolls if it's a longer title. Great solution if you're like me and wanted to keep the factory stereo look. See cons below for my 2 complaints.
Pros: See above
Cons: The biggest complaint, by far, is the inability to change the iPod tracks with the steering wheel controls. Whether or not this is because of USA Spec programming or GM programming, I don't know. If you try and use the steering wheel track change buttons, it changes the radio station and stops your music. So, you just use the track change buttons on the head unit. Second, the provided iPod cable is NOT long enough to run from the trunk to the front. You have to purchase an iPod extension cable.
The installation took me the same 10 minutes that everyone else says it took them. The sound was good, but the control features didn't work for me. I could see using this product if you don't have too many songs/albums/artists in your iPod. Since you can only go through 24 of any grouping at a time, without having to go out and back in again, it took me forever to get to certain music on my iPod. But, to be fair, I have eight hundred and something albums in my iPod. Just wasn't convenient, so I'm sending it back.
Pros: Easy to connect
Cons: Way too difficult to scroll through music choices
This unit seemed to be ok based on what it is supposed to do but did not deliver in my 2009 escalade.
Pros: Good sound quality. Easy plug and play installation.
Cons: Unit never would perform all features advertised. I could not get all the menus to appear despite several attempts. Didn't get any help from Crutchfield techs and USA SPEC was not much help either. USA spec sent me a replacement unit that shut down entire radio and instrument panel. Needless to say I had to return both units.
This is my second USA Spec ipod interface purchase. I had great luck with the other interface in my 2001 Impala and now I'm enjoying this one in the 2011! This was so much easier to install in the new car because it connects to the satellite receiver in the trunk, rather than behind the radio like in the '01. Everything works great!
Pros: Minimum Installation Time, Great Features
Great Product. Like others it's easier to figure it out yourself than consulting with the directions. Love how you can control it from the navigation unit and set up short cut keys, or direct control from the Iphone. Purchased this for 2008 GMC with navigation.
Cons: directions are not great.
Purchased this product for a 2009 GMC Sierra. This thing is awesome. Installed in 15 minutes. Worked with no problem right out of the box. Well worth the money and thought it was a very good value. Worked with my factory stereo and steering wheel controls. Instructions from manufacturer were not up to date but if you throw them away and just figure it out for yourself you'll be less confused and very satisfied. My Ipod never sounded this good with the aux jack in dash
Pros: Sound is 100% better the aux jack Complete control of ipod through factory radio Simple install
Cons: Factory instructions not updated to specific auto manufacture model
would have given it a 5 but when you use the steering wheel controls to go back a song, the radio preset changes instead. works fine when using the controls on the radio.
This product works great,very easy to install. I love it!!!!
I have an 09 Malibu and bought this so I wouldn't have to plug into the aux jack. Installation was a pain, though no fault of USA Spec. However, once I was able to access the XM module and plug in the unit, it didn't recognize my iPod. For some reason it only would charge my iPod and tune to the right station, but it would never really recognize the device. Tech support from USA Spec was just as good as their installation instructions. They gave me a serial number of a module for an exchange with Crutchfield but gave nor took any information from me about how to make sure I got that specific module. Needless to say, I'm just gonna return it and use the Aux jack...
This product works great in my 2007 GMC Denali. Took less that 10 minutes to install. Drop the glovebox, disconnect from the XM box, plug adapter in and run the cable to a convenient location to connect my iPhone 4. I would give it 5 stars with the exception of the documentation from the manufacturer. It is a photocopy of a photocopy of a photocopy..... Radio screen captures are almost impossible to read. Other than that, this is a great product.
This adapter didn't work too well. I have an early version (2003) classic Ipod and it is not compatible with this adapter. I tried my wife's Ipod nano (2009) and it worked a little better but would not recognize all the songs, playlists, artists, or albums. It was finicky. When it played songs, they sounded great. I will be returning this adapter - it doesn't quite work very well in my 2008 Avalanche.
I installed this in my 2007 Yukon XL Denali. The truck has factory NAV and XM.
Installation took under 10 minutes. Please note, you do not need to remove the radio for
this vehicle (and probably others) when you have XM. It plugs into the XM module which
is behind the glove box. The Crutchfield supplied instructions do not tell you this, nor did
they know how to get behind the glove box when I called tech support. It's easy though.
Open the glove box and feel up top until you come across a plastic tab which holds the
box from opening too far. Push up on that tab and the glove box drops right down. The
XM module is right there. I wrapped the extra cables together and stuck the module
back and up so it would be out of the way of the glove box closing. The USASPEC
instructions tell you where the XM module is located, so if it's behind the glove box this
might be useful for you. Easiest installation I have ever done.
This little interface device was very easy to install. It plugs right into
existing wiring that is right behind the glove box (which drops easily out of
the way by pressing at one spot). Once installed, plug your iPod into the
interface cable in your glove box. Playlist and song selection on your iPod is
then done from your existing Audio/Navigation display screen. No need to access
your iPod which remains stored out of sight in your glove box.
Added this to my 2007 Avalanche (Bose w/Nav), and found the installation extremely easy and completely tool-less. I've tested the unit with a 1st generation iPod Touch and a 5th generation iPod Nano, both work fine and exactly the same. The iPod plays via the XM feature of the factory stereo, this means the radio doesn't think there should be such a thing as next track (as there wouldn't be on an XM station). For this reason, the only way to change tracks is using the tuning dial on the right side of the radio, the steering wheel controls do work, but only to change playlist, artist or album -- not track. This is disappointing, but live-able. Were it not for this inconvenience, this unit would deserve five or even six stars for ease of installation and function. Using the nav screen, you can choose what playlist is playing or artist, or album. There is also an iPod Direct function, allowing you to use the controls on the iPod to play whatever you'd like -- including Podcast video (video plays only on the iPod screen).
Easy install less than ten mins to do everything.
works great with the nav unit in my wifes denali
I own a 2006 Buick Lucerne CXS pre-nav, XM-operational sat. receiver with the Harmon
Kardon 6-disk in-dash changer (factory installed). I don't consider myself an expert
installer (especially with a 40K Buick) and figured this out in minimal time. In fact,
finding the XM receiver in the trunk took the most amount of time (it was exactly where
they said it was). I installed the interface module in the lower center console with just
the Ipod cable visible (for connection) in the upper center console. I thought the glove
compartment would have been much more difficult. It turned out to be a very clean
install with no exposed wiring (I wouldn't stand for it). The best part? The sound quality I
get with an 80 gig Ipod Classic (all WAV files) through the stock HK system is absolutley
incredible--noise free and audiophile quality. You'll never run anything through the AUX
jack again...I have full steering wheel and display control of all Ipod functions. If there
was a downside it would be the manual--it doesn't read well at all. Amazing product.
Fantastic product, Being that ive been a fully certified GM technition for 10
years install took less than 5 minutes to install on my 09 silverado without nav
with xm, and this unit is 100 bucks less than the one offered by GM! i have full
control of my IPhone, through the radio now and all the bluetooth functions
opperate as they did before the install! if your lookin to control and charge
your ipod/Iphone... then this is the best unit for the job!
Purchased this item to incorporate Sirius Stiletto 2 into 2009 GMC Sierra sound system. Installation was very easy, but instructions for software set-up to interface with factory radio could have been much clearer. Written instructions assume you are connecting iPod & leave you to figure out the Stiletto on your own.
Sound quality is excellent. I had a chance to compare the factory XM to the Stiletto for about a week & the USA Spec GM iPod® Interface along with my Stiletto is much cleaner with better bass, mid-range & treble.
Installed this unit in my 2007 Yukon that has a non-navigation 6 disc changer AND has
XM radio. Found the XM unit directly behind the glove box, which easily drops open for
access. This unit's harness plugs directly in-between the head end and the XM unit --
easy install, without any problems. The most difficult part was snaking the iPod cable,
and then bundling it all up behind the dash.
Control of the iPod through XM253 is fairly well implemented on the non-nav radio. Also
allows direct control through the iPod's GUI. A previous review about not being able to
"track forward" -- I do not have this problem on my 2007 Yukon. I am able to do this
through the head end unit with the rotary control (with the musical note on it), and the
steering wheel selector with the >| notation on it. Since the sound output is through the
dock connector on the iPod, volume control is through the head end unit and not
controlled by the iPod, as expected.
The sound is outstanding, as you are by-passing the headphone jack of the iPod and
directly connecting via the dock connector to the head end unit. I highly recommend this
adapter! Keep a copy of the instructions on how to control the iPod in your glove box...it
is a little counterintuitive in some respects. This absolutely beats any FM modulation
Easy installation on my 2010 Silverado with XM Radio. By the way there are no
instructions on install for this truck. It took me longer to find the XM module
(Behind the lower glove Box which pops down no tools needed ) than it did to
install it. Works well so far and gives me what I needed; stereo control of the
Ipod. Make sure to look at all the papers in the box. There are updates on what
looks look scraps in the box.
I owned a previous version of the USA spec for my old GM and it was awesome. However, I was very disapointed to find out that the new PA20-GM for my new truck fails to have one major feature, track forward. This was a big bummer. I would much rather have no text and have the ablity to track forward. I am going to return.
GOOD PRODUCT, EASY INSTALL! HAD A FEW PROBLEMS THOUGH. AFTER A COUPLE OF DAYS THE SYSTEM BEGAN TO MALFUNCTION. I HAVE AN 07 TAHOE WITH BOSE/NAVIGATION AND AS I WAS GOING THROUGH THE ALBUMS ON THE SCREEN IT SUDDENLY LOST THE IPOD SIGNAL AND IT THEN AUTOMATICALLY WENT TO THE FM RADIO. TRIED TO PRESS XM TO RECONNECT BUT IT WOULDN'T LET ME. THEN THE RADIO JUST CUT OFF AND WOULDN'T TURN BACK ON. I WAS STUMPED. I THEN GOT FRUSTRATED AND TURNED IT OFF AND CAME BACK AN HOUR LATER AT IT WORKED NORMALLY. THIS HAPPENED TWICE AND I CALLED USA SPEC AND THE TECH TOLD ME TO CHANGE THE SETTINGS AND I HAVEN'T REALLY HAD A PROBLEM YET. IT'S AN OK PRODUCT BUT YOU CAN'T WATCH ANY VIDEOS ON SCREEN OR SEE THE ALBUM ARTWORK EITHER. BUT ALL IN ALL I THINK IT'S WORTH IT IF YOU DON'T WANT WIRES/CABLES RUNNING ALL OVER YOUR VEHICLE.
I found this unit to be very easy to install (less than 5 minutes) and its functionality is great and extremely easy to use. The only thing I would change is the amount of wiring that comes with the unit. It was about 5 feet to much!
Excellent product, easy intallation (8 minutes hardware....5 minutes settings), no need to desmantel the dash board or pull the radio out. Fast acces to data on ipod, complete display of the titles on radio screen (navigation radio).
Overall, anyway you have your music on the ipod, that's the way it's going to sound on your system.
This is a bit pricey, but I spent a year trying to find a good alternative to the stupid stereo and aux adapters for my Ipod...and this is worth the convenience.
I would like to see a few more features (I think it is a lot more feature rich if you have the navigation option), but it has the ones that matter; allows me to use the steering wheel controls, great sound quality, and allows me to mount the Ipod wherever I wanted, because all controls are through the stereo.
I'm very happy with it, it allows the best quality sound available without feedback.
Overview: This interface adapter (PA20-GM) connects a compatible iPod directly to select GM LAN audio systems. The adapter's on-board software translates commands from GM radio into commands that iPod understands. This interface enables the iPod to be integrated into XM band and provides the following benefits.
Vehicle Compatibility: The PA20-GM is compatible with GM 29-bit radios and GM navigation radios that features a CAT button and is XM ready. This interface adapter is able to co-exist with a factory installed XM receiver, built-in CD changer or CD player. The PA20-GM interface is compatible with the following vehicles:
|2008 Enclave (Nav only)||2006-2008 Avalanche||2007-2008 Acadia (Nav only)||2008 Aura|
|2007-2008 Lucerne (Nav only)||2008 Cobalt||2007-2008 Sierra||2007-2008 Outlook|
|Cadillac||2007-2008 Equinox||2007-2008 Yukon||2007-2008 Sky|
|2006-2008 DTS||2006-2009 HHR||2007-2008 Yukon Denali||2008 Vue|
|2007-2008 Escalade||2006-2009 Impala||Pontiac||*****|
|2007-2008 EVS||2008-2009 Malibu||2007-2008 Solistice||*****|
|2007-2008 EXT||2007-2008 Silverado||2008 G5||*****|
|Hummer||2007-2009 Suburban||2009 Vibe||*****|
|2008 H2||2007-2009 Tahoe||2008 Torrent||*****|
Note: If the vehicle is not equipped with an XM receiver, you will need either the CB-GL20 or CB-GL11 adapter cable. Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.
Specific Features: The PA20-GM can be used with most new GM LAN radios for CHEVY, BUICK, GMC, Pontiac and more. The interface supports full on-screen menu, control, display and select for NAVIGATION style radios; and on-screen search select for Artist, Album, Song on all radios. The adapter supports full text support for both style radios.
iPod Compatibility: The PA20-GM 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: The PA20-GM provides text based menu on the radio display to access Artist, Album and Playlist folders of your iPod.
Operation Modes: The iPod interface adapter features the following modes of operation.
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 Controls: The PA20-GM provides the following iPod controls from your GM factory radio.
Auxiliary Input: In addition to the iPod input on the PA20-GM 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.
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To play my iphone in my truck and use the steering wheel controls and see the song /artist on the radio [ HERBERT L Jan 05, 2016 ]
sometimes i think it depends on how it was downloaded on the player [ DAN Mar 20, 2014 ]
Yes and you have control from the steering wheel if equipped [ KEVIN Mar 19, 2014 ]
Yes it does it displays [ DASHAWNA Mar 19, 2014 ]
Yes [ PATRICK Mar 19, 2014 ]
No, it does not. It relays basically no information back to the head unit. [ NATHANIEL H Mar 19, 2014 ]
Yes it displays both artist and song name [ BRAD Mar 19, 2014 ]
Yes it does. Considering that it's a third party product, I was pretty impressed with how well it works! [ BRAD Mar 19, 2014 ]
Yes there are ample places to exit from outside of the glove box or if you mount the unit below the stock head unit you can drop the ipod wire between the trim where the 12v cigarette lighters are located [ JEREMIAH Jan 08, 2014 ]
hi there no problem putting it behind the glove box. device that I use stays in the glove box [ DASHAWNA Jan 08, 2014 ]
I just placed the adapter in the left side of the glovebox and routed the cable under the center console to armrest and have my iPhone there. Works great! [ CLARENCE H Jan 07, 2014 ]
Wish that I could help, but my application was to connect to the XM adapter in the trunk and run the cable to the center console. The cable is plenty long enough for this. [ JASON Jan 07, 2014 ]
Yes, the hardest part was figuring out if I wanted to use Velcro or zip ties. Super easy to install. Cloths hanger comes in handy when fishing the cable through the dash from the glove box. [ PATRICK Jan 07, 2014 ]
Yes it is. [ RICHARD Jan 06, 2014 ]
Yes [ EVAN Jan 06, 2014 ]
Yes, there is plenty of wire to reach a phone mount on the dash. [ NICKI Jan 06, 2014 ]
I ran mine through the center console in my Denali. Removing the center was a pain but well worth it. The phone is closer to me and easier to access while driving. [ JASON D Jan 06, 2014 ]
Its a very simple connection, I have a Tahoe and ran the cable under the center console and then when not in use I could hide it behind the plastic. Hope that helps, its a pretty easy fix [ KEVIN Jan 06, 2014 ]
Dont use a iphone any more switch to samsung works great with a ipod also it will not compromise using satellite radio very happy with it [ DASHAWNA Dec 05, 2013 ]
Definitely will work with iPhone for access to music, not sure about this particular interface with GM but I know when I installed a similar interface in an Infiniti M35 the iPod selection took the place of the satellite function (XM/Sirius) source on my factory Bose system, Crutchfield tech advisors should be able to answer that part of your question, they know their products very well, I'd call them and ask. [ DAVID Dec 05, 2013 ]
I dont have the xm subscription in my car I have it on my phone. But when xm has free previews I can hit the direct button on my radio display and you can toggle between your xm and iphone. Just hit the butto again. Hope that helps. I have iphone 4s [ KEVIN Dec 05, 2013 ]