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USA Spec iPod® Interface for Toyota, Scion, Lexus, and Isuzu

Connects your iPod to select 1998-up Toyota, Scion, Lexus, and Isuzu factory radios

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Our take on the USA Spec iPod® Interface for Toyota, Scion, Lexus, and Isuzu

Just because you have the factory radio in your car 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. The interface also charges your iPod while it's connected. And with your iPhone® connected, you can even stream music from popular Internet services like PANDORA®, Livio Radio, iHeartRadio, and more.

Just because you have the factory radio in your car 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. The interface also charges your iPod while it's connected. And with your iPhone® connected, you can even stream music from popular Internet services like PANDORA®, Livio Radio, iHeartRadio, and more.

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. The iPod interface uses the CD changer port, so any existing changer that you have must be disconnected.

Compatibility Note: Be sure to check "Hands-on Research" for specific iPod model compatibility with this iPod adapter.

product itself is good.......installation instructions could be clearer. After trial and error, sound quality is excellent

sno_mobile, the Washington, DC Area

What's in the Box:

  • PA15-TOY iPod-to-Toyota/Lexus/Scion interface
  • 6' iPod interface cable (CB-PA105)
  • 4' Adapter to Toyota radio interface (CAS-TYi)
  • 9" Adapter cable (CAS-TA)
  • Owner's manual
  • DIP Switch guide
  • Design change note (about removal of Hybrid Mode)

Product Highlights:

  • iPod control adapter for select 1998-up Toyota-built factory stereos
  • track up/down, fast-forward, reverse, and shuffle play
  • use up to five playlists (select five favorites, or Auto Playlist will let you choose from the first five on your iPod)
  • when iPhone is connected, you can stream tunes from popular Internet services like PANDORA®, Livo Radio, and iHeartRadio
  • Dual Mode lets you control everything via the iPod itself, giving you access to all playlists
  • compatible with all iPod and iPod mini models equipped with a dock connector and iPod software update 2004-04-28, or higher
  • auxiliary input (RCA connectors) for another audio source
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Overview: This interface connects a compatible iPod/iPhone to select 1997-2013 Toyota, Lexus, Scion, and Isuzu audio systems. Its on-board software translates commands from your factory radio's CD-changer controls into commands the iPod/iPhone understands. This interface allows you to retain CD changer, Rear Seat Entertainment/DVD, and Satellite Radio - while providing the following iPod/iPhone functions through your vehicle's factory radio:

  • Directs the iPod/iPhones's audio output to your vehicle's audio system for optimal sound quality playback.
  • Supports your iPhone's audio streaming apps, such as Pandora, Livio, iHeart Radio, SiriusXM & more (in Direct mode only).
  • Controls the iPod/iPhone via vehicle's radio and steering wheel controls (when applicable).
  • Charges the iPod/iPhone's internal battery, and charging stops automatically at one hour after the iPod is paused. The iPod/iPhone goes into sleep mode when charging stops.

Specific Features: The PA15-TOY displays song title and artist information on all radios with a "Text" button. The PA15-TOY allows connection through the XM/CDC port.

Vehicle Compatibility: Please consult the Crutchfield Vehicle Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

iPod Compatibility: The PA15-TOY is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features when connected to a compatible Toyota, Lexus, Scion, or Isuzu 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

Notes:

  • *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/iPhone interface adapter features the following modes of operation:

  • Playlist Mode: You can create up to 6 favorite mobile playlist then use your radio's CD changer controls to access and control your playlist.
  • Direct Mode: Gives you complete control of your iPod/iPhone 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/iPhone content. The Radio still can adjust song up/down random or shuffle play, but you can manually control your iPod/iPhone & select any playlist, genre or Artist of your choice. (Disk 8 is dedicated to Direct Mode use).
  • Hybrid 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. (Some iPods may not work in the Hybrid mode.)

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.

Manual Correction: Although the current manual details a third operation mode, Hybrid Mode, the PA15-TOY does not offer this feature. Hybrid Mode was removed to improve operational consistency.

iPod Text: Pressing the TEXT button on your factory radio while your iPod/iPhone 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 radios do not have the TEXT button feature.

iPod Playback: All audio tracks on the iPod/iPhone 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/iPhone. 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/iPhone are accessible from the Disc 1 through Disc 6 buttons.

Auxiliary Input: In addition to the iPod/iPhone input on the PA15-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/iPhone 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/iPhone functions:

  • Scan: plays first 10 seconds of each track in the current playlist (if scan is pressed at Disc 7, it will play all songs in the iPod/iPhone for 10 seconds each)
  • Random (Shuffle): songs in the current playlist are played back in random order (some radios have a "P scan" button for this function)
  • Track Up/Down: the "Next" button advances to the next track in the playlist; the "Prev" button allows you to jump to the beginning of the currently playing song
  • Fast Track Search: the "Fwd" or "Rev" button will advance or retreat through the tracks in increments of 10 (i.e. 04, 14, 24...)

Note: Repeat play is not supported by this interface. Switching to another source, such as AM/FM, CD, or Cassette, puts the iPod/iPhone into pause mode.

USA Spec Bluetooth Interface Compatible: The USA Spec PA15-TOY works with the USA SPEC BT35-TOY Bluetooth interface (sold separately). They simply daisy chain together.

 

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I steam Pandora all the time which is very similar to Spotify. I have no problems controlling Pandora from my steering wheel controls and I use an iPhone 6S Plus. It works well. [ JIM  Dec 28, 2015 ]
Yes, the phone pauses when the car is turned off or switched to another input then resumes when the input is switched back to the iphone. [ DAVID  Oct 04, 2015 ]
Yes it will, even if the car is off, one of the nicest working adapters I have ever installed and very easy to install, you need just to be a little mechanical to get it done [ Kinnard  Aug 06, 2015 ]
Yes. It charges it quite robustly. [ ARTHUR  Aug 05, 2015 ]
Yes, it will charge the iPhone when connected. You may also purchase a 30-pin to Lightning adapter to charge the devices that have the Lightning connector. Of course, when an iPhone is powered on and in use (GPS, music, etc.) the charge rate will be slightly slower, but it will still charge. [ RICHARD  Aug 05, 2015 ]
Yes, it will charge it. [ ROBERT O  Aug 04, 2015 ]
Yes it does. [ JERRY  Aug 04, 2015 ]
Yes, it charges my old iphone in my glovebox and has been working great. [ CHRIS  Aug 04, 2015 ]
Yes [ JAMES  Aug 04, 2015 ]
Yes. [ DAVID  Aug 04, 2015 ]
Sorry I have a 04 tundra. I don't know anything about a sienna. For the tundra it works great. Good luck [ DAVID A  Jul 21, 2015 ]
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. [ Greg  Jul 20, 2015 ]  Staff
The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Apr 24, 2015 ]  Staff
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. [ Greg  Dec 23, 2014 ]  Staff
I use this product with an 02 sequoia and 05 Tundra and it works with both the older iphones and the 5 and 6. Using the newer phones does require use the the apple plug adapter. I have used it for over a year with the 5 and just started using the 6. I am not aware of a cable specifically for the 5/6 but if/when the do release it you can buy just this cable and 'upgrade.' [ TIM  Dec 01, 2014 ]
Kinnard, great to be of help. Mind you I had this installed in my 2004 Lexus LS430 Ultra with Mark Levinson audio system(OEM) to be connected and used with an iPhone 4s. I doubt that it will work with the proposed iPhone 6 for the following reasons: 1. The connector for this particular interface is relative to the earlier iPhone 4, 4s connectors. 2. The codecs for the interface, relative to iOS, may be different between the iOS of the iPhone 6 and earlier versions. That said, if the current kit, USA Spec iPod Interface, has been update to match current iOS 7 or 8/ iPhone 6/6s for that matter and codecs for the stock (OEM) audio system in your Toyota, Scion, Lexus, and Isuzu vehicle then I would think it to work as grand as mine have for me in my configuration mentioned above. I hope you are able to find the proper interface and fitment for your vehicle and phone. It has saved me yearly Sirrius/XM radio service that has more than covered the cost of both purchase and professional install. Happy Holidays!! [ MORRIS  Nov 30, 2014 ]
This will work with an iPhone 6, but you will need an additional adapter from Apple. [ JEFF  Nov 30, 2014 ]
For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  Sep 15, 2014 ]  Staff
For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  Feb 16, 2014 ]  Staff