Just read Scoble’s post “Is Apple Copying Microsoft?” and I couldn’t agree with him more.
When I was seeing the pictures of iTV and then saw the Showtime event, I always felt that I had seen this interface before. I let it slide thinking I must have seen leaked screenshots on Gizmodo or Engadget. But neither Gizmodo or Engadget carried any pictures of iTV. Then I saw the familiarity between iTV and Windows Media Center. A friend in college had WMC and I used to spend a lot of time using it.
Apple has great designers, they do that stuff well. Just look at OS X, iPods. Why do they have to copy Microsoft?