This is on Ubuntu 12.04 - I installed the DVB-Realteck-RTL2832U-2.2.2-10tuner-mod_kernel package, I installed GnuRadio, I installed the rtl_fm and I just keep getting more and more confused -- I recognize that this device can monitor police radio, digital FM, weather channels, you name it, but all I really need is to run a simple command line and hear a plain ordinary FM station streaming through my speakers.
The closest so far is the command:
rtl_fm -f 96.3e6 -s 48000 - | aplay -r raw -f dat -c 1
but the sound quality is atrocious.
Any and all guesses or pointers to resources are welcome. I haven't been able to find anything through the Google searches that gets me any closer to a nice clean stereo FM signal. GnuRadio seems completely intractable although I am certain that, once one figures out what it is that it does, it makes perfect sense ;)