So I recently bought and installed an Alpine CDA-9856 along with a KCE-422i, which is the new Alpine interface for iPods. Rather than a separate box, it's just a cable that you can route anywhere you'd like. I'm really happy with it, Alpine hit the nail on the head. The cable is only 30 bucks, which is way better than any other solution for iPod connectivity. The head unit is decent. It definitely sounds better than the stock one. My only real complaint about it is that the FM receiver doesn't seem to be as good. I get a bit more static on the radio than I'm used to. Overall, though, I really dig this new setup.