While I completely understand your desire to get the Flac versions, it is important to keep in mind that satellite radio is broadcast at very low bitrates (much lower than what the mp3's at Croz.com are). So while it is advantageous to get something that starts out as CD quality in a lossless format, you don't gain anything when it comes to recordings of any satellite radio show, Theme Time Radio Hour included. This is true for both the "Satellite" and the "Streaming" versions available. After being recorded at somewhere around 64kbps to the highest of 128kbps (you can search around and get opinions, but the satellite radio folks are very secretive about divulging the bitrate numbers of their broadcasts. Gee, I wonder why?) the shows are converted to WAV and then to FLAC for posting. This does not increase the quality of the original source, which is impossible. Since the original source is less than 128kbps, if that high, you can be assured that you are getting the best possible quality when you get the mp3's at Croz. Also, the always helpful host even tags the files for you! I probably haven't changed your mind, because I also was very stubborn for a long time about getting the Flac's. I finally saw the light when I got XM, started recording the shows myself, and discovered the sad truth about the broadcast quality of XM/Sirius.
Something HAS to be amiss here... the Flac versions of TTRH are beyond doubt clearly superior and better sounding - I defy anyone with 2 ears to say otherwise!
Maybe if one were listening to the Flac versions through those crappy headphones that come standard with iPod's - or your computer speakers - the difference comparable to the Mp3 files may be of little difference... however, listen to the Flac versions through good quality headphones or your Hi-Fi's speakers, and they are far superior - they sound great!
Try this!... connect your computer into yer home stereo and listen to Croz's Mp3 version of say, 'Strawberry Fields Forever' (from the Fruit show, Season 3) and then listen to tbuick's Flac version - the difference is immediate and very noticeable - you don't have to be a hardcore audiophile to appreciate. The Mp3 sounds slightly muffled and muddy in comparison - and the Flac sound is much fuller and clearer.
Even Bob's voice sounds better in Flac, no kidding... have a listen!
I can't believe this sound is from a 64kbps to 128kbps source... that can't be right!