Mussolini iPhone App a Hit

iMussolini seizes control of Italian sales charts
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2010 3:45 AM CST
Updated Jan 29, 2010 5:46 AM CST
Italian dictactor Benito Mussolini salutes during a public address.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – An iPhone app that offers the full text of over 100 speeches from Benito Mussolini has been selling briskly in Italy. The iMussolini application has been downloaded over 1,000 times a day since its launch last week, and is in second place in popularity on the Italian version of iTunes, dismaying commentators who wonder why so many young people are downloading Il Duce.

The 25-year-old creator of iMussolini says he didn't intend to glorify the Fascist dictator and he has asked Apple to remove pro-Mussolini comments from his product's iTunes store page, Der Speigel reports. He's considering creating similar applications as a historical tool but there are no plans for an iHitler app. "To avoid any scandals, perhaps they will be about people like Gandhi," he noted.
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