A great documentary on La 2 last night about programmed obsolescence. If you suspected that stuff about lightbulbs was the paranoid imaginings of conspiracy theorists- check this out. Lightbulbs could last indefinitely, Nylon tights were originally designed to be ladder-free and as for your i-Pod...
Here's the link to the documentary (Spanish):
And here's one to a pioneer in the field, Bernard London, as early as 1932 (English):