The sound of vuvuzela trumpets in World Cup broadcasts may be silenced by the BBC following hundreds of complaints but the incessant drone has become a runaway hit with iPhone users. “It's one option we are considering at the moment,” said a BBC spokeswoman, adding that 545 complaints had been received about the ear-splitting noise which has become the unofficial World Cup soundtrack. An iPhone application that mimics the blasting of the African trumpet, however, has been downloaded more than a million times.

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