Nokia Readies iPhone Competitor

NEW YORK Seems like Nokia is ready to take a bite out of Apple’s iPhone.

The New York Times’ London bureau reports that the Finnish mobile company will begin offering its own digital music service that will feature an Apple-style interface and touchscreen handset.

One-upping Steve Jobs’ golden baby, users will be able to download songs directly to their phones via wireless Internet connection, a feature not available on the current version of the iPhone.

And the attack against the iPhone isn’t just media speculation—Nokia execs acknowledged that they were not above imitating their digi-rivals.

“I don’t know what is copying and what is original, but if there is something good in the world, we copy it with pride,” Nokia chief Anssi Vanjoki told the Times.

The Nokia Music Store is set to open later this year.