Re: Newbie w/ CD install ??
The factory unit is not part of the head unit. Adding it should not be too difficult.
But, the reason you see threads on removing them is because the are oversized, single disk players.
Although it is a pita, in the long run you are better off copying them to an SD card. You can have thousands of songs at your fingertips, and select by album, genre, etc.
If you need a shoulder to cry on ...
... pull over to the side of the road!