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Earworms – Coming Soon to Turn Music Into a Weapon on Your iPhone


Finally, someone has taken the divine gift that is music and turned it into a weapon.

That’s the elevator pitch for Earworms, an iPhone app due to launch tomorrow and bring some evil-sounding music sharing to our favorite smartphone. Taking a page (or three) from the never-ceases-to-amuse Rickrolling meme, Earworms has a pretty clear mission it seems.

… Earworms allows users to email samples of annoyingly catchy songs to friends and enemies, thus infecting them with Lady GaGa’s “Poker Face” or Billy Ray Cyrus’s “Achy Breaky Heart.” Yes, we included “Achy Breaky Heart” — Geneva Convention be damned. Victims can download the app and return fire. Additional cans of Earworms are available as in app purchases.

Just for the use of the word ‘infecting’ and the phrase ‘Geneva Convention be damned’ this takes my award for Best Damn App PR Approach of the Day. Oh, and the developers were kind (cough, cough, cough) enough to send me a little sample – it had been much too long since I last heard ‘Macarena’ I guess. I can definitely see some use for this app – especially if you have office colleagues who you need to share some ‘weaponized’ music with – you know the ones. Smile

The app is due to launch tomorrow (12/1) and will be free for its first 24 hours, then go to $0.99. Look out for it here on the App Store tomorrow:


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