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Annoying World Cup horn comes to iPhone

The vuvuzela, the bane of World Cup watchers everywhere, is of course also available as an app for the iPhone.

You know that annoying plastic horn that makes the World Cup almost unbearable to listen to? Yep, there's an app for that.

Like millions of people around the world, I've spent the past few days developing a loathing of a plastic horn known as a vuvuzela. One vuvuzela sounds kind of like a loud kazoo, but get a few thousand of them in one crowded soccer stadium and they sound like the most annoying swarm of bees you've ever heard.

But, amid the growing headache, I had one clear thought. I wonder if someone has thought to make an iPhone app for that.

Of course, someone had. The free Vuvuzela 2010 app has been downloaded more than 750,000 times and is among the top free apps on a number of European iTunes stores. It debuted in May and has been updated to work well on the iPad, in addition to running on the iPhone and iPod Touch.

For those who haven't had the, um, pleasure of hearing a chorus of vuvuzelas, just turn on ESPN mid-morning. Or head to the iTunes store.

Once you have had the joy of hearing a vuvuzela in action, you can share the international loathing and head to one of the many anti-vuvuzela Facebook groups, such as "I HATE those damn vuvzela trumpets."

Update, 4:30 p.m.: Speaking of the vuvuzela, text message answer service KGB said it did a survey and found that 88 percent of the respondents said they would like to see the vuvuzela banned. However, that left 12 percent of the 750 people queried saying that "no, it's sweet music to my ears." My only question is how they found that many bees to answer a survey.

Meanwhile, if the vuvuzela isn't your soccer instrument of choice, Gerardo Garcia and his 12-year-old son developed an iPhone app to mimic the sound of the Matraca, another type of soccer noisemaker. That application is also free on iTunes.

The app is even more important, Garcia tells me, because the Matraca is often banned from games these days.

"They prohibit the use of it because people used to beat the (stuffing) out of each other with the wood instrument," the Houston-based IT manager said in an e-mail.