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
- Directs the iPod's audio output to your GM's vehicle 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 via vehicle's radio and steering wheel controls (when
- Charges the iPod's internal battery, and charging stops automatically at
one hour after the iPod is paused. The iPod goes into sleep mode when
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:
|Buick ||Chevy ||GMC ||Saturn |
|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
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 |
| 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 (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.
- Playlist Mode: You can create up to 6 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.
- 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
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.
- Playlist: Allows you to access your iPod's Playlist folders. The
1st Playlist is the All Song folder on your iPod by default.
- Artist: Allows you to access your iPod's Artist folders.
- Album: Allows access of your iPod's Album folders.
- Random: Playback of all your iPod tracks in random order.
- 10x: You can skip ahead or backward 10 tracks of your iPod.
- iShortcut: This is a "shortcut" to return to your connected iPod
from any band of your vehicle's radio. Your iPod will begin playback from
the last track played.
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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