If you’ve been watching the 2010 World Cup at all, you’ve undoubtedly heard that annoying background noise, in the form of a horn, that lasts for the excruciating duration of each match. What you’re hearing, to be precise, is a Vuvuzela.
“A Vuvuzela?” you ask. Why yes. A vuvuzela, also known as a stadium or blowing horn, is a a meter long contraption that unleashes a somewhat irritating sound, the effects of which are only amplified when you have a stadium filled with thousands of people blowing their vuvuzelas at the same time. The horn is quite popular in South Africa, and by extension, was introduced to most of the world when World Cup play began last Friday.
Many folks, though, are endlessly irritated by the sound, and it can certainly put a damper on listening to the play by play on TV. Still, the folks lucky enough to attend the World Cup matches in South Africa apparently think otherwise.
But what about all the folks who want to get in on the horn blowing action but weren’t able to hop on a plane to South Africa? Well, iPhone developers have proven themselves quite adept at incorporating the latest trends and fads into fly by night iPhone apps.
This week, the prime example is iVuvuzela, a free iPhone app that mimics the sound of an actual vuvuzela. The app lets you choose from 6 different colors and is a great way to annoy your friends. At the same time, if you’re home alone watching the games, it might be a fun way to feel more immersed in the action. Just don’t break it out in public, alright?
According to the developers, the app has already shot up to the #1 spot on iTunes in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Greece, Portugal, Italy, Netherlands, UK, and South Africa. Or, in other words, wherever they care about soccer (i.e not in the US).
Lastly, we should point out that efforts to ban the horn from use during the World Cup are underway.