Overview: This adapter allows an iPod with a dock connector
to be connected to and controlled by the factory radio in select GM vehicles. Please consult the
Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.
iPod Compatibility: The PA11-GM45 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 |
| iPhone || 2G || 3.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3G || 4.2.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3GS || 5.1.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4/4S || 7.1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5/5C5S* || 8.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 6+/6* || 8.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| touch || 1st || 2.2.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 2nd || 4.2.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3rd || 5.1.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4th || 6.1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5th* || 8.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| nano || 1st || 1.3.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 2nd/3rd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4th || 1.0.4 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5th || 1.0.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 6th || 1.2 PC || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 7th* || 1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| classic || 80GB || 1.1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 120GB || 2.0.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 160GB || 2.0.4 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| video || 5th || 1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
- *Requires Apple Lightning to 30-pin Adapter (472LTN230P,
sold separately) or cable
- 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.
Control Modes: The iPod interface adapter features the
following control modes.
- Playlist Mode: You can create up to 5 favorite mobile
playlist then use your radio's CD changer controls to access and control
- Direct Mode: Gives you complete control of your iPod
while it is connected to the factory radio. Your iPod is not locked out
while connected to the radio and you are able to manually access your
complete iPod content. The Radio still can adjust song up/down random or
shuffle play but you can manually control your iPod and select any playlist,
genre or Artist of your choice.
- Dual Mode: Combines features of Direct Mode and
Playlist Mode. You can create and access your favorite mobile playlist or
directly access all your iPod content manually on your iPod. Your iPod
displays song title information and iPod is not locked, so the iPod can be
operated manually at all times. (May be referred to as Hybrid Mode in some manuals)
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.
Playlist Names: In order for the adapter/factory radio to recognize a
playlist, it should be named GM2... through GM6... Text can follow the GM name and number, such as
GM4_artistname or GM3-jazz. For a given
disc slot (2-6), if there is no playlist named GM followed by that number,
that disc slot will play the first available playlist on the iPod (the second
blank slot will play the second available playlist, etc).
Auxiliary Input: In addition to the iPod input on the PA11-GM45 there is an
auxiliary input (RCA) for use with another source, such as a DVD system,
satellite radio, etc. The aux input is accessed at disc 6 track 1 using the
factory radio controls. This aux input can be used with or without the iPod
Playlist Mode Controls: In Playlist
Mode the iPod is controlled
using the CD Changer commands on the factory radio. Use the Radio's Disc Select controls to access the 5 custom mobile playlists,
the Play All mode, or the auxiliary input. Track select, forward and backward,
works just like on a CD. Other commands include shuffle play, scan (plays first
10 seconds of each track), Fast Track Search (skips forward or backward 10
tracks), and Fast Forward/Fast Reverse within a song (available in shuffle mode
Battery Charge: The
PA11-GM45 charges iPod battery when connected. Charging
stops after 1 hour of non-use to prevent draining the vehicle's battery.
CD Changer Port:
The adapter uses the factory radio's CD Changer port so if the vehicle has an existing
Changer it must be disconnected.
Pause: When a non-iPod source is selected on the radio (AM/FM/Cass/CD) the iPod pauses.
Resume: If the iPod
is not disconnected after use, it will resume playing where it left off when you
restart the vehicle.
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