Mussolini app is Italian best-seller

Posted by Emma Woollacott

A series of speeches by teeny fascist dictator Benito Mussolini has become the second-most popular iPhone app in Italy.

The app is available in Apple's online store for a bargain-basement 79 cents, and is second only to a wallpaper application. It's even outselling a game based on Avatar.

The app includes 100 of Mussolini's speeches, and is getting around 1,000 downloads a day. 

Unsurprisingly, Apple has distanced itself from the kerfuffle. "After the uproar unleashed by the first article that we have dedicated to this application, we decided to close the comments," says iPhoneItalia's Nicholas Canal.

"We would like to point out that the phrases quoted are the comments of individual users and do not in any way express the thoughts of iPhoneItalia, neither of the authors and collaborators."

25-year-old Marino's other achievements include PicetteNapoli, an app that lists over 70 traditional Neapolitan dishes and a guide to different audio systems.

Praising Fascism is illegal in Italy.