It’s been eight months since Apple bought online music service Lala, and still no cloud music service from Apple. That’s the gist of a CNET story summarizing where things are, or more specifically - where they aren’t - with the ongoing expectations of Apple’s new music strategy. The newest details are that Apple apparently has told labels that “if” it launches any cloud music service this year, it’ll be “modest in scope.”

Essentially there isn't an update on music licensing efforts or a real roadmap offered to labels on what any “scope” of service may look like.

Label sources in the past have outlined to Billboard exactly what their licensing expectations are. A service that lets users store copies of purchased files in a cloud-based locker probably won’t require new licensing or costs. But if Apple wants to simply match purchased songs against its own cloud-based library for streaming purposes, then new agreements will be necessary.

More likely a cause for delay is the still-in-progress construction of a server farm that Apple has underway in North Carolina, expected to be completed by the end of the year. Cloud-based services need servers to reside in, so that’s a key element to whatever music plans it has.

Of course any cloud-based service won’t be limited to music, and the CNET piece repeats the rumor that the Lala team has been put to work on a video-focused project. It also adds word that one unnamed Lala founding member is no longer with the company.