USA Spec iPod® Interface for Toyota
Connects your iPod to select Toyota and Lexus factory radios — superior menu for 2007-up models with navigation
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Item #: 581PA20TOY
Your price: $169.99 Earn up to 170 Rewards points
You have a factory radio in your Toyota, but that doesn't mean you have to leave your iPod at home. Install USA Spec's iPod interface and listen to your favorite tunes through your car's speakers. You can control song selection, and up to five different playlists right from the radio, including shuffle mode. And with your iPhone® connected, you can even stream music from popular Internet services like PANDORA®, Livio Radio, iHeartRadio, and more. The interface also charges your iPod while it's connected. This interface offers an onscreen menu that works particularly well with 2007-up Toyota and Lexus vehicles with navigation, but it works well with non-navigation vehicles too.
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.
If you've got an older model car, that doesn't have an iPod input, this does the trick. It works flawlessly and allows me to control my iPod through my steering wheel controls on a 2007 Lexus. Really improves the driving experience.
Pros: Use steering wheel controls to control iPod.
Great product, overall. The included instructions state that the main cable will connect to the 08 system (no nav, no dvd) but, in fact, one has to use the included adapter to work. Also, I don't remember reading that I would have to disconnect the in-dash CD player for this to work. Not a deal breaker for me (ipod>CD, any day) but worth noting for future reference.
Pros: Very quick install Additional cables included High-quality audio throughput
Cons: No dash/fascia pry bars included; be sure to get these from Crutchfield Must disconnect CD player to gain access to audio input port Can't control ipod FROM ipod while connected (must control from car audio controls)
Great product works as promised. Just bought this car and there were no Auxiliary ports for iPod or iPhone . Called Crutchfield and they recommend this product. Great service -Great product.
Pros: Everything just plugs in to factory ports, there are no wires to cut or splice.
Cons: None so far.
This equipment worked great on my GX470 I am now able to manage my iPhone from my factory radio and stealing wheel controls.
Pros: Easy installation, great for vehicles that do not offer iPod/iPhone interface
Cons: None at this time
I have installed for rx 350 2007 With nnavigation system . Very easy to install. No wire cutting. Work perfectly. Also have options for auxiliary connection.
Pros: Very good
A major disappointment that this didn't work in my Prius 2010 JBL but no Nav. But, the Crutchfield rep (Josh) was simply fabulous. He was tireless in his pursuit to make it work and called or emailed exactly when he said it would. Despite this product not working, I would buy from Crutchfield again.
Pros: The Crutchfield rep (Josh)
Cons: The unit didn't work despite a myriad of attempts
If you have some courage and a good youtube video, this is great and easy to install. I have a 2006 lexus rx400h with Mark Levinson Stereo. Great system but no way to listen to an Ipod, etc., I went to stereo shop and they said they could install something for $500. I read about people installing their own and although this sounded like a good way to go, I was intimidated at the thought of pulling out my burled maple trim to get at the back of my radio. However, Youtube had a very easy to follow example of removing my exact dash, also talking about specific problems to avoid, e.g., "don't drop the screws as you'll never get them out". I spent 10 minutes reading the directions then, following the video, went right at it. All the parts of the dash popped out just as they said - again, I would have had no idea where to start, nor the courage to attempt to start this without the video!! I followed the directions on the screws (4) and had the radio in my lap in 15 minutes.The directions were good with regards to the settings, but a little weak on hooking up the cords. However, with a little trial and error the whole thing was done in under 2 minutes. I was a little anxious about leaving the unit sitting there unattached, so wrapped it up and used a flex-tie to attach it to a support. I put the two wires (one for ipod and one for aux in) through the opening into the glove box. I had everything back together in 10 minutes - start to finish under 1 hour. Sound is superb.
Pros: Sound is great - although I did have to convert my music from FLAC to an ipod friendly format - at least as good as the cd player. Charges the ipod perfectly. Takes a little while to figure out how to play the music - playlists versus "all", but reasonably intuitive.
Cons: Directions are the weak link. 1st, you MUST find a youtube video before you start this project - removing thee dash/radio is where all the work is. 2nd, directions for cable hook-up should be much clearer. This cost versus $500 at the dealer - I think the sound is the same, although I do have the two cords hanging out of my glove compartment tucked down the side of the passenger compartment. Not perfect optically, but well worth the savings, as well as feeling of accomplishment.
1) It didn't work. 2) I needed a small tool to pop off parts of my dash and I think that Crutchfield should highlight that need or give one. I'm in Houston and couldn't find one priced for $30 in a kit. and 3) most importantly, assuming it worked, the interface is poor. It spoofs the existing indeck system to act like a bunch of CDs. Not any kind of clean intuitive interface that resembles the Music app on the iPhone with smart list or sort by song name. And you could provide 6 or 7 playlist only by making them with a special name format.
Pros: None. Well if it had worked then I guess I could have played music.
Cons: Terrible interface. Arrived broken. And other alternatives exist that cost a bit less once I talked to an audio shop in town. ARRRRGGGGHHHH.
Product works great, installed in 2007 Lexus RX350 in about 45 minutes after searching for and finding a different product video on youtube, Crutchfield should consider sending a link to relevant on-line videos or sending a "picture book" on installation for the indicated car model that they receive during the order process.
Outstanding!! Very simple to install and affordable. Thank you so MUCH!
Pros: Charges all the time, remembers which song I was on, works with the steering wheel controls, random songs works off the dash too..my iphone works off it too...ipod remembers what song it was on when I plug it back in
Cons: Can't see my playlists on my screen or control them from my ipod or iphone but obviously that is a limitation of my prius stereo or just my ignorance
Helpful staff set me up with this model. Followed installation procedures from YouTube. Works _extremely_ well with the display in the Prius. Heavy-duty case, wiring, etc. Great to have it be able to charge. Fantastic little unit.
I have not been able to install this product yet but I'll leave the other reviews for that. If you have an earlier model Lexus like my 2001 GS430 please get the CAS-LEX cable as it is required. Crutchfield assured me the PS20-TOY would work. As it stands I am now waiting for them to send me the CAS-LEX. The jacks in the back will not work with the included wiring harness without it. So my rating above is assuming the product works as advertised minus 1 star for Crutchfield's confusion.
Pros: Crutchfield is friendly.
Cons: Don't believe everything the sales people tell you. The tech support guys were also apparently unaware that this part was required, even though the instructions clearly say the CAS-LEX cable is required for my model/year.
Enjoy music from either an iPod or smart phone through the vehicles audio system.
Installation was easy, took about 30 minutes to complete.
Would like to see a 1.6FT 3.5mm female stereo jack to 2 male RCA cable be included. Had a hard time locating this product, most of them are 3.5mm male.
This was very easy to install into a 2005 Prius w/o navigation or mp3 player. The 4g Classic 20GB iPod has frozen only once in 3 months which required dis/reconnecting the iPod.
I accidentally found out how to fast forward/backward. Toggle the Disk Random button to ON and use the double up/down arrows. This will move 10 seconds forward or back for each touch. This was not found in the instructions. It may be unique for this model car.
Easy install; sound is great as expected, and convenience of simultaneous
charging is also great. Support from manufacturer is great. HOWEVER,
cannot choose albums or artists from the car stereo unit; it will require using
the iPod to select artist and album. Does allow selection of playlists (6 max) if
they meet specific criteria. Instructions have config error (dip switches 2-4 must
ON for a 2010 Prius with JBL and built-in XM). Even with these restrictions, I
am keeping my unit...better choice than use of simple stereo jack. Summary:
wish I had purchased the upgraded Toyota nav-based stereo.
When nothing else worked (or would only play your playlists) this one worked
very well. There is a learning curve to this device, but isn't there one with
I recommend this for anyone looking to install an ipod interface with your 2008
lexus rx350 with navigation.
Installation was easy with your instructions. Works and sounds great. Your advisor (Scooter) was right on everything he told me. Thank You. Don't listen to the local big box store people. They don't always know what they are talking about. They told me how hard this would be to put in and that it wouldn't work like you said. They were wrong on ALL COUNTS !!
Thank You Again ED
I bought this unit over the Dice as the Crutchfield sales gal recommended it. Installation was very easy by using instructions from the Prius Chat forum (not the Crutchfield instructions) -. Remove the glove box, move some wires and then plug the device in. It works great for ipods, iphones and I also have a 3mm jack to plug into my Android phone. Everything works just like it should giving a fair bit of control on the Prius screen and even allowing fast forwarding of a song. The two modes (either use the ipod to select the song, or use the Prius screen) works well) You can't see the songs / playlists on the screen in the Prius, but you can still change tracks and albums.. Volume level is slightly lower for the android but still acceptable. Sound quality is excellent - just like a CD. I had previously tried an FM adapter and the sound quality of that was worthless. I am very happy with the quality and seamless interface and installation.
Talked to a super Crutchfield rep to confirm the model of factory unit I have. Ordered this unit, arrived in 3 days.
Crutchfield instructions on how to take the dash front apart were perfect. Product instructions were also great, a couple of dip switches to set and the total install was about 30 minutes.
The Nav system display shows all folders and files from the Ipod, very easy to navigate, large display is easy to read. All steering wheel controls work great.
Sound is much better than the old ipod headphone output to the factory 1/8" aux input.
I wasn't sure this iPod adapter would work for me because I replaced the original firmware on my iPod with an open source alternative (Rockbox). Fortunately, the adapter has no problem getting the audio from the iPod to the car speakers, which is the primary reason I wanted it. The "next track" button on the steering wheel works pretty well too. On the down side, a lot of the other features (like the ability to change playlists) don't work. And the artist and song title that are supposed to display on the Prius screen are usually either a couple songs behind or don't display at all. But I guess that's to be expected since I'm not using Apple's software.
Installation was easier that I expected. I found some directions on the web that explained how to remove the lower glovebox and vent cover to the right of the radio, move a box of wires out of the way and plug the USA Spec into the back of the radio. Took about half an hour, if that.
I was worried about confusing jumper settings but it only had one setting for a 2008 Prius + an on jumper for aux (I suggest getting a cable before installing (you can kinda see the two red/white unit inputs on the picture - good for non ipod players, various Laptops, readers (book speech to text for long trips etc.). For a clean cable to your glove compartment you can also get rubber grommets and hole drill attachment (includes a various size assortment for < $15 for everything - all you need is a drill). This part is not in the install instructions and why I decided to review the product (just in case it helps)
I had help with the install from my mechanic friend and he had the latch remover for all the panels and cable ties (it shows a picture in the instructions). Pulling the latches is not for the meek. Clean install and it only took him 30 min for the whole installation.
Still figuring out the software but it works perfect. Best product I can think of for this purpose. Not a perfect score because that would be for a unit that would show the cover flow on the car screen (I doubt I'll see one that'll do it in the near future though).
4-stars for value ( a little expensive ), 5-stars for function. Once you have your dash apart this unit takes about 30 seconds to install, and there's just one dock connector cable to charge the phone, send audio, and control the iPod functions. I generally prefer the touch screen on my iPhone for navigating playlists, but it is surprisingly handy to be able to do a quick track skip with the physical radio buttons. The sound quality is also vastly improved over cassette or radio adaptors.
These iPod kits are not cheap so I was on the fence about getting a new head-unit for a little more $$. The cool thing about this approach is that in direct mode you can use ANY audio app on your iPhone.... meaning streaming Pandora, BeatMaker, 4-track, Voice memos, etc. As long as Apple sticks with the dock connector this thing will never be obsolete, which is not the case with all of the new head-units marketing "iPod" connectivity and trying to create their own clunky interfaces for controlling a device with a beautiful touchscreen. If this was $99 I'd give it 5 stars.
This product has two major flaws that required me to return it.
It was installed in a 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid with Navigation.
1. The product may work fine with your iPhone, but it is not truly iPhone compatible in the "authorized" sense. Plan on getting multiple warnings every time you plug your phone into it. Supposedly you can ignore them and it will still work.
2. Every time you plug in the phone it will go into changer control mode and start playing immediately. This means you have to control everything from the factory head unit or flip through screens on your head unit to flip it into direct mode. The manufacturer says this is for safety however I say I should be able to choose. I do not want my ipod to play every time I plug it in to charge. That's just insane.
I am trying out the PAC PXAMG unit shortly. Hopefully I will have better luck
This model was installed by my dealer (I thought I was getting the factory interface, but no). It works well with my iPod Touch (1st gen, 2.2.1) and the Prius 2010 Nav system. Came up as CD2 and DVD and has direct mode enabled. DIP switches set to 1-3 Off, 4 On. A bit of an unusual interface but probably the best they could do given the Nav interface. Will see what happens with iPod Touch 3.1 software soon.
This device works great! I installed this in a 2005 Prius with the navigation, and JBL CD/cassette system. Since the instructions for how to install this in your Prius are not available from Crutchfield, I searched the web and found a fantastic detailed guide. It will show you every screw, and panel, and wire that must be disconnected to get to the back of the stereo to connect this adapter to. It took me about 20 minutes to disassemble the Prius and test out the unit. Most panels come out by pulling. You only need a screwdriver and a 10mm socket to get the rest out.
I started the car and the stereo recognized the adapter immediately. It sees my iPhone or iPod as CD2. I still have use of CD1 and the radio and cassette. It will randomly play songs from the device, and display the titles of your songs (though it doesn't scroll if they are lengthy). It is currently shipped with a cable that will not charge the iPhone, but it will charge the iPod. They say a newer cable is coming soon for the iPhone, but you could just use your cigarette lighter. The adapter may seem a bit large, but it, and all the extra long cable you are supplied, fits comfortably behind the stereo. I wound up drilling a hole in the storage bin below the stereo for the iPod cable to pass through, that way the iPhone or iPod can sit in this compartment and remain out of site when I'm not in the car.
I wanted to be able to play cassette tapes and a non-iPod digital audio player through my car's sound system without losing any steering wheel or touch screen controls. Experience with an FM transmitter was wholly unsatisfactory. An approach using a replacement radio with an aux-in jack and a steering wheel interface device would not guarantee that I'd maintain all touch screen functions. I ended up using the USA Spec device and am very pleased with the results. The sound quality is very good. Installation required some disassembly of the dashboard, but detailed instructions (Crutchfield #120998213) made the task relatively easy. Furthermore, by placing the device in the small compartment (with the drop-down door) immediately below the radio and running the wires through the back of the compartment, the look of the dashboard was completely unaffected. I had been concerned that my existing radio would lack the connectors (e.g., CD changer port) that would permit it to be linked to the aux-input device, but that turned out not to be the case. My radio is a GEN5-type factory installed model "with Navigation system" (i.e., a touch screen) and MP3 (single-slot) CD capability.
Overview: This interface connects a compatible iPod to select Toyota, Lexus, and Scion audio systems. Its on-board software translates commands from your Toyota radio's CD-changer controls into commands the iPod understands. This interface enables the iPod to take the place of a Toyota CD-changer or co-exist with a factory Toyota slave CD-changer and provides the following benefits:
Specific Features: The PA20-TOY is recommended for Toyota/Lexus vehicles with Factory Navigation systems. On-screen Song Title, Artist, and Song Selection from the menu is available on all factory Toyota and Lexus vehicles with Nav.
Vehicle Compatibility: The PA20-TOY interface is compatible with the following vehicles:
Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.
iPod Compatibility: The PA20-TOY is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features when connected to a compatible Toyota, Lexus, or Scion 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.
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 Text: Pressing the TEXT button on your factory Toyota radio while your iPod plays in the Playlist mode, allows the artist name and song title to be displayed on your factory radio. The Artist name is displayed at the first time press of the TEXT button and song title is displayed at the second time press of the TEXT button. The Playlist disc number and track number will be displayed at the third time press of the TEXT button.
Note: Track search by artist, song title or album are not supported. Some of the older design Toyota radios do not have the TEXT button feature.
iPod Playback: All audio tracks on the iPod will be played with text display at Disc 7 in Direct Mode, or Disc 8 without text display. The track order is determined by the default order on the iPod. Selecting discs 1 through 6 on the factory radio will allow playback of 6 playlists on the iPod. You can select a playlist by pressing the Disc Up or Disc Down buttons. Playlists which are created for direct access must be designated with the word "TOYOTA" and the disc number. If no "TOYOTA" playlists are designated, the first six playlists on the iPod are accessible from the Disc 1 through Disc 6 buttons.
Auxiliary Input: In addition to the iPod input on the PA20-TOY there is an auxiliary input (stereo RCA) for use with another source, such as a DVD system, satellite radio, or game system. The aux input is selected at CD 9 Track 1 using the factory radio controls. 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.
Controls: The factory radio's controls give you access to the following iPod functions:
Note: Repeat play is not supported by this interface. Switching to another source, such as AM/FM, CD, or Cassette, puts the iPod into pause mode.
USA Spec Bluetooth Interface Compatible: The USA Spec PA20-TOY works with the USA SPEC BT35-TOY Bluetooth interface (sold separately). They simply daisy chain together.
On my Prius it controls the iPhone just fine once we bought an Apple brand USB adapter cable, the aftermarket one I had at first would only allow playback no control. [ ROBERT R Dec 01, 2014 ]
I installed the USA Spec interface for my iPod classic on my 2010 Toyota Corolla with JBL premium system and it works great. I can see the artist and title on my radio display. The steering wheel controls work as well. The installation was very easy - plug and play. [ RICHARD J Dec 01, 2014 ]
Yes, you should be able to see what is playing, how ever a word of caution, I have gone through two of these interface devices, and have found that they only last about a year. Hope this helped. [ Timothy Dec 01, 2014 ]