Ill be using the Creative Zen Vision: M and all its descendants in future, there is nothing better out there especially for watching videos, the screen is perfect and its even better if you use the tv out, then its dvd quality.
Electronics will last a long time if looked after too. Although it's quite true that they don't make them like they used to (for most things anyway). My dad bought a amp for his stereo when he was 20 and it was playing music all night long last weekend for his 50th. Don't forget your torches are electronic too and i'd hate to try and prize one of them out of your hands!!
I thought about getting the Zune! But I settled for the 16 GB iPod Touch! It is so much cooler ever since I hacked it!!