The Alpine system has a lot of great bells and whistles, but it also has annoyances:
1. even in its reduced voice intervention mode it still talks too much for my taste
2. the audio system takes a second to "boot" when you start the car. Music will come on immediately and you have immediate control over the volume but the screen needs a few seconds to get going.
3. like I said the ipod integration is kind of basic.
The reason I call my Z8 "Moneypenny" is because it has a really old version of the software which it gives the voice in either "GB" or "D". Not knowing much German, I opt for "GB" and the resulting voice is that of a nice and comforting British woman. I love being asked to "Proceed on to the motorway". If I ever made a change I would have to wonder about her name.... :-)