Ypulse Essentials: Spotify Finally Launches In The U.S., 'Harry Potter' Breaks Records, Netflix Goes 3D

SpotifyFinally! We’re thrilled that Spotify, the music service beloved by Brits (has made its way across the pond at last. Starting today — following a deal on Wednesday with Warner Bros. Music to secure all four major labels — users can sign up for limited free access, a $4.99 ad-free service, or a $9.99 premium mobile service) (Mashable) (Billboard)

- ‘Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ has yet to be released in the U.S. (but it’s already breaking sales records for pre-sale ticket at $32 million…Anyone want to take a shot at predicting it’s opening weekend box office take? Lest we underestimate the significance of the “Harry Potter” series, Salon offers a slide show of what it has given to pop culture. MTV recently pitted “Harry Potter” characters against each other and asked fans to vote to determine which is the greatest of all time. Their verdict? Severus Snape) (Cynopsis) (GalleyCat)

- Despite the kerfuffle over Netflix’s new pricing plan (here’s a move that users won’t complain about: Netflix is rolling out an app for Nintendo’s 3DS and plans to add a slate 3D movies to its offerings in the near future) (Wired) (Gawker)

- Smartphone owning teens’ mobile dependence (is based on their use of texting, accessing Facebook, and listening to music. With their phones capable of all this and more, it makes it even harder for marketers to cut through the clutter and get their attention on their mobile devices) (MediaPost)

- Kids LiveWell is the latest intiative (to address children’s eating habits. Chain restaurants are getting on board by agreeing to offer healthier menu options — low calorie, low fat, low sodium — for kids. Nearly 20 chain restaurants have voluntarily adopted the initiative, including Burger King, Au Bon Pain, Bonefish Grill, and more; McDonald’s is…

 
 
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Quote of the Day: “One of my top concerns as a parent will be maintaining cultural traditions and language in the face of a new generation and stifling white media/social space.” –Female, 18, CA

Amazon is buying live video gaming platform Twitch for $970 million. Twitch has become amazingly popular with young consumers. Though many members of older generations might not understand the appeal of watching other players game live, more than 55 million unique visitors watched more than 15billion minutes of content on Twitch in July alone. The deal gives Twitch even more potential for growth, and shows that becoming a streaming content leader is a major goal for Amazon. (Streamdaily)

What has contributed to the massive drop in teen birth rates? Teen pregnancy has decreased much more quickly between 2007 and 2013 than it did 20 years ago, but the decline “has proved difficult to explain.” Theories include expected hypotheses like teens using contraceptives more, to more offbeat concepts like TV series Teen Mom acting as a deterrent. The availability of Plan B, better access to information on the internet, and even a theory that links changes in gasoline to reductions in teen pregnancy are also being discussed. (Vox)

The amount of time that young consumers spend on their phones and computers has led to plenty of concern that they won’t be able to interact face-to-face, and one study has found support for the fear. Tweens who spent five days at an unplugged outdoor camp with no tech time were able to understand emotions better than peers who stayed on their “usual media diet,” which indicates that screen time may be hampering kids’ ability to recognize nonverbal cues and facial emotions. (Newsweek)

McDonald’s Millennial challenge is no secret. Consumers in their 20s and 30s are flocking to fast-casual eateries like Chipotle and Five Guys, and their preferences are dictating the future of fast food. In the U.S., McDonald’s sales have been “flat or falling” for the majority of the last year, and consumers ages 19 to 21 who visit the chain monthly have fallen 12.9% since 2011. Young consumers’ desire for fresh ingredients and higher quality, customized meals is hurting the brand, and their attempts to lure Millennials with new menu items and social and mobile marketing is not yet changing their minds. (WSJ)

The Burning Man festival might be delayed thanks to major rain, but once it gets rolling it will provide a peek into the Millennial mindset. Fun, discovery, and community are the core principles of the event, and three themes that majorly resonate with the generation. Marketing and content that tap into one or more of these values, and allow young consumers to feel connected, creative, and surprised are likely to be successful with them. (Fast Company)

Wish you could ask Millennials what they think, right now? Ypulse's Instant Poll tool allows you to submit a question to our mobile social community of 2 million 13-34-year-old Millennials and get a quick, gut-check quantified response back in minutes. Our Bronze, Silver, and Gold subscribers use Instant Polls for brainstorming, quick-checks on brand perception, and more. Simply type in your question and click “Ask.” You’ll have directional, informative results without the overhead and wait time of a traditional study. (Ypulse)

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