Apple has eliminated the price for upgrading your iPod touch to the latest firmware, making version 3.1.3 free for everyone.
That's a significant shift by Apple, which had recently lowered the price of the firmware upgrade in hopes of coaxing iPod touch owners into purchase.
Instead, it's free to download.
Syncing a second generation iPod touch today with an older version of the software prompted me to accept the free upgrade. How exciting.
Just as when asked to download and install the latest firmware on an iPhone, iTunes simply asks for confirmation - no signing in to pay for the software.
This is great news for iPod touch gamers with older devices. Now you're free to upgrade and play a swathe of games that are only compatible with 3.0-specific features.
While some features remain specific to iPhone such as 3G push notifications, making the software free ensures access to every game on the App Store regardless of what handset and firmware you possess.