I just recently redid my Pirate radio install from scratch with Raspbian Stretch (full version). Every thing installed Ok but the audio is now all noisy and scratchy. I had a friend redo his Pirate Radio install and he now has the same poor quality noisy scratchy sound that I have. Pi Zero W + pHat Beat.
On the pHat Beat page it states, “Our software does not support Raspbian Wheezy”.
But on the Pirate Radio page it talks about using Stretch, “Currently, our internet radio installer is best supported by Stretch Lite”.
First question is does it matter if you use the Full version or the Lite version?
I find setup so much easier with the full version, no having to sudo nano and maybe make a typo. I just set it to boot to Command Line when done.
Second question, does it matter if you use Jessie or Stretch?
My current install was done some time ago with Jessie. It doesn’t have the noisy sound, but does have the pops when changing channel etc. A few weeks back I tried to do a new install on Jessie and it would not work. I got no sound at all when done the setup. And nothing I did would start it. I pushed play pause, channel up down and all I got was pops. I ended up going back to an old image I made of a working setup.
Some time today I plan to have another go at installing on Jessie, unless I’m advised not to. And maybe try Stretch lite instead of full?