A UK gadget magazine has committed 'fowl' offences against an iPod.

In an investigation that may cause many iPod owners some distress, T3 Magazine decided to find out how far they could push an iPod before it gave up the ghost.

The challenge involved dropping an iPod in a muddy field in Wales, driving it in an off-road vehicle, and subjecting it to a clay pigeon shoot and paintball fire.

The iPod survived the field, was damaged in the car ride but still worked, and was finished off in the clay-pigeon shoot.

Joining the iPod in the test were a Nintendo Game Boy, a Pentax camera, a Nokia 7600 phone, and a laptop.

The magazine revealed that the Game Boy withstood the traumas the longest.