Everyone knows it’s a must-have for music fans, but now it's being put forward as an essential life-saving accessory for soldiers. Apple’s iPod apparently saved the life of an American soldier serving in Iraq, if pictures posted on Flickr are anything to be believed.

According to a comment accompanying the pictures of the life-saving iPod, Kevin Garrad (3rd Infantry Division) was attacked by an armed insurgent, who shot him in the left-hand side of his chest with an AK-47. The iPod in his jacket pocket reportedly took the full force of the shot, leading to countless ‘iPod saved my life’ headlines.

A rather unexpected PR bonus for Apple, just as its iPod passed the 100 million sales mark, but also a bit of a tall story. It turns out Garrad’s life was actually saved by a good old-fashioned bullet-proof vest. He told Greg Adler at PC Advisor’s US-based sister title PC World that he was wearing upgraded body armour that easily stopped the AK-47 bullet.

Still, with iPod jackets and iPod trainers (coming by way of the Nike+iPod sports kit) already on the market, could iPod-enabled bullet-proof vests be the next big thing?