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Pioneer CD-IU52

Connect your iPod® or iPhone® with Lightning connector to select Pioneer in-dash stereos

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Our take on the Pioneer CD-IU52

If your iPod or iPhone has a Lightning connector, you can use this 20-inch long cable to connect to your Pioneer car stereo and leave the cable that came with your iPod in the house. And you'll enjoy optimal charging speed when your iPod is connected, since this cable is fully compatible with the 1-amp USB outputs on newer Pioneer receivers. This cable only supports audio playback — it will not transfer video to your receiver. Warranty: 1 year.

Allows me to use my iphone's ipod functions on the head unit screen. What more could I ask for. Great product!

Avonn, Laurel, MD

What's in the Box:

  • 20" Lightning-to-USB iPod/iPhone cable (w/ a Lightning-connector on one end and a USB type-A connector on other end)
  • Disposal information

Pioneer CD-IU52 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(13 Reviews)

Does what it is supposed to

Avonn from Laurel, MD on 11/8/2016

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Allows me to use my iphone's ipod functions on the head unit screen. What more could I ask for. Great product!

Pros: Super easy to install

Cons: none

Good cord

Scott from Metairie, LA on 10/16/2016

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Great product it does the job but could be a little bit longer.

Pros: Good strong cord

Cons: Not long enough

It works!

RockNRon from Meriden, CT on 8/6/2016

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Other cables that I tried would not work with the Pioneer Stereo but to my surprise it worked Great.

Pros: It Works!

Cons: None

Pioneer USB To Lightning Cable

Todd from San Diego, CA on 7/9/2016

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Protective sheath came apart near phone connection with in a couple of months for me. Just like another persons review, his was a couple weeks. Cable starting to intermit audio. Money spent for just a couple months of use

Pros: Worked great until started to come apart near phone connection

Cons: Has to be replaced for yet more money.

Pioneer IPod ready

Beldo49 from Alvaton, KY on 6/5/2016

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Connected perfectly to my Pioneer 270BT. iPod and Pandora work perfectly.

Pros: Solid connection.



Tim from Pasadena, CA on 4/11/2016

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Protective sheath came apart near phone connection with in a couple of weeks.




Jon from Austin, TX on 2/9/2016

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Very nice, definitely made to last!



Spot On

DarylH from Indiana on 12/27/2015

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Worked as described.

Pros: Worked as described.

Cons: N/A

Works well!

Anonymous from Cave Creek AZ on 10/25/2015

Simple solution. Plenty of length for most applications

Pros: Works as designed

Cons: Should come with the apple car play compatible units standard

Lightning cable

KenS from Memphis TN on 7/20/2015

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Good quality cable.

Pros: Just the right length and heavy duty.

Cons: None.

Works great

Anonymous from Williston, ND on 4/7/2015

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Works great



Lightning cable

don s from Dunedin, FL on 3/30/2015

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Works exactly as it is supposed to.

Pros: Good product.

Cons: Could be a little longer, but not a show stopper.

Pioneer CD-IU52

Anonymous from chesapeake,VA on 12/27/2013

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Works great. Like advertised




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Adapter Type iPod audio in w/ iPod control
Vehicle Specific No
Brand Specific Pioneer
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
iPod Compatibility
Full-Size No
Nano 7
Touch 5
iPhone 6+/6/5S/5C/5

Product Research


Lightning Connector/USB Interface Cable: Use the Pioneer CD-IU52 Lightning/USB interface cable to plug a new iPod, iPhone, or iPad with a Lightning-connector directly into a Pioneer head unit's USB port, and gain full, direct, adapter-free control via the receiver's interface. Enjoy fast charging of your compatible Apple device while the direct digital connection assures you get the utmost sound quality from your stored music and music apps.

iPod Audio Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music to be loaded instantly to your Pioneer head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter. The CD-IU52 supports audio playback of stored music, podcasts, audiobooks, and music apps on your iPod/iPhone through your compatible Pioneer head unit. You can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone through your head unit's front-panel controls, from its clickwheel/touchscreen, or via a streamed app from your iPhone.

  • Head Unit: From your Pioneer head unit, you can browse your iPod/iPhone's music library by Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Playlist, Composer, Podcast, or Audiobook (your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen will be locked). Once you have selected a category, you can search each category alphabetically. In addition, the head unit offers Link Play, which allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. Link Play lets the head unit create an album list of the currently playing artist, a song list of the currently playing album, or an album list of the currently playing genre. You can also select Random & Repeat functions for a certain song or specific folder. The head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information; including Track number, Elapsed playing time, and Song/Artist/Album name.
  • iPod: In iPod mode, you can navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen, while still being able to view song/artist information on the head unit's LCD.
  • App Mode: App mode lets you listen to your favorite music apps from your iPhone (iOS 5.0+) through the Pioneer head unit and your vehicle's speakers. Not all apps will be compatible with App Mode and App Mode will provide only limited (basic), if any, control over the app. Available controls may include Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track. The App's Name (i.e. "AUPEO!) and song/artist information will be displayed on the head unit's LCD screen (when applicable, depending on app).
Note: There is no video output.

Pandora App: The free Pandora App lets you play music from the Pandora music service through your Pioneer head unit using your connected Apple iPhone, via this Pioneer Lightning/USB interface cable. To access Pandora, you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) with the latest version of the Pandora Radio application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account. In combination with the CD-IU52 cable, your Pioneer head unit will provide control over the Pandora music service and display Artist/Album/Song information.

  • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
  • Shuffle Station List: You can listen to songs played randomly from various stations within your Station List.
  • New Stations: New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing.
  • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
  • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
  • Bookmarking: The song/artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.
Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada & only available in the United States.

Charging: This USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it).

Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Pioneer CD-IU52 Lightning/USB cable is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions when connected to a compatible Pioneer head unit (as of 2/19/2015):

Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone App Mode Pandora App Artist/Song Text Track Info
5/5C/5S 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
6/6+ 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
5th 8.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
7th 1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
4/Air 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
mini 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Note: 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.

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

Crutchfield asked  
Why did you buy this?

Too many perks and it's the best stereo system you can get [ Michael  Jan 11, 2017 ]
For my Pioneer Appradio 4 [ sharon  Jan 04, 2017 ]
to use my mobile equipment [ Betty and Stuar  Sep 06, 2016 ]
Updated phone [ GARY  Aug 13, 2016 ]
Is needed to make complete [ jimmie  Aug 02, 2016 ]
ipad integration [ Jon  Jul 28, 2016 ]
compatible with Pioneer AVH-4100NEX [ Hilary  Mar 02, 2016 ]

3 questions already asked

I believe it is a standard lightning cable. I never tried to get it working as you described, wife just uses it for music and the head unit has an internal NAV. Good luck 2u! [ Alexander  Aug 09, 2016 ]
I don't use the app radio and I bought the add on navigation unit which works hreat [ William  Aug 09, 2016 ]
It doesn't fit the iPhone 5 or 6 with life proof case. I use the original apple cable and it works with the radio [ Brandon  Feb 10, 2016 ]
I trimmed my on the sides to make it fit. [ Jerron  Feb 10, 2016 ]
No I trimmed the cable with razor [ William  Feb 10, 2016 ]
What's the difference between using this pioneer brand USB cable and the original cable that came with my iphone/ipod? [ (unknown)  Jun 16, 2014 ]
I don't show this cable as being compatible with the AVIC 910. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They may be able to help track down a compatible cable for you. [ Jeff  Feb 17, 2014 ]  Staff