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Quick Hits: Podcast music; Apple Music annual discount; video hires for Apple

Brief news items and worthy reads from around the web:

A deep dive into composing podcast music: Pitchfork ran an in-depth feature about the creative challenges of composing music for podcasts. It’s a fascinating look at how scoring a show goes, striking the right emotional tone for the content but never distracting from the speakers.

A year of Apple Music for $99: We’re always looking at pricing trends for streaming music, and Apple Music made a stealth move that was only just discovered by the press. With some serious menu navigation, Apple Music users can opt to pay for a full year of the service for $99. That’s a savings of $20 for 12 months, but you have to already be signed up as a subscriber.

Apple hires Breaking Bad duo: Here’s one last item to watch out of Cupertino. Apple has hired Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg for newly created roles. The TV exec pair was previously at Sony Pictures, where they worked on Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, The Crown, and Rescue Me. Their addition heightens the impression that Apple will be making a big foray into original video content, and soon.

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