I think i finally killed it...

getting into the car, the ipod slid out of my purse and before i knew it, came crashing down into the driveway. my little brother picked it up and gave me a look that clearly said "wth, aren't you even a LITTLE concerned?" all i asked him was "is the screen broken?" and it wasn't so i didn't really care, i figured hey, if the screen survived that, the rest of the ipod did too. i get into the car, and within 30 minutes, the thing is skipping over random songs, or getting stuck in the middle, and with few attempts to recover where it left off, it skipped the song all together. the more i shuffled, the more it skipped over random songs. now..i came home and plugged it into the computer ( i had previously broken into the ipod's music files and copied them on the computer, LONG before i dropped it, just in case the thing had to be restored) and so i deleted everything off my library, and proceeded to restore. after the restore, i got all the music i had, put it in the library, and attempted to start over. however, after awhile, my ipod says it cannot read the file and the ipod cannot be updated or whatever. then i eject it, and it freezes. so i hold down the menue and select button to restart it, and plug it back up. then itunes says it cannot read the ipod and it needs to be restored. i've restored the thing 5 times and it keeps doing the same things over and over. i dont know if i broke it for good, or if theres something i can do to fix this. help!

Even if you did break the LCD screen on the iPod, the iPod would still be functional. From your description the only possible thing I could Imagine is that the Hard Drive was severely damaged... and when the iPod was booted, it was working furiously to run, but the need files were corrupted when you dropped you iPod.
Look at this picture below.
http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/hard-disk8.jpg
This is a hard drive. The one inside of a iPod is very different but they work the same way
See that thing that juts out into the disk. Thats know as the arm. It is very possible that when you dropped you iPod, that "arm" went up and then came down with force onto your iPod's hard drive. Now perhaps when it was in your purse it was on, and it was at the main menu, and then when you dropped it the arm colliding into the Hard Drive corrupted all the file shaving to do with the main menu, and that might be by thats happening. Also, other files on your iPod could have been corrupted (like the ones that when you plug your iPod into your computer tell your computer that your "iPod" is plugged in)
Hopefully that helps
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