I was wondering if there was any way to make a software-only radio that will use all the components included in a raspberry pi 3B+. I've been doing some research and all of the FM models that I found will use the same pins that my touch screen is using so I wouldn't be able to use those FM models. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

What I want the radio to look like in the end, I plan to make a car radio but one that I can use with or without my phone attached. (Won't look the same as in the photo will look a lot nicer once I configure everything) enter image description here

  • "all of the FM models that I found" - can you give an example, it may help clarify what you want - I used to use a USB device for FM (and analog TV back in the day that was a thing) Commented May 7, 2021 at 2:40
  • I have been messing up with cheap cheap bare bone DIY FM receiver modules: (1) AliExpress FM receiver module aliexpress.com/…
    – tlfong01
    Commented May 7, 2021 at 2:54
  • RTL-SDR is a USB device. It's commonly used for ADS-B but it can tune to FM radio between 88 and 108MHz.
    – Dougie
    Commented May 7, 2021 at 17:56

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There is no software that can make a standard rp3 receive FM radio. However there is online "fm radio" stations/streamers that work with cellular data. By using a USB antenna or dongle though there is definitely software for.

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