Image Courtesy of Interscope RecordsTurns out people really do like getting things for free.

Since U2 first released their album Songs of Innocence into the account of every iTunes user for free on September 9, it has been downloaded in full 26 million times. Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior VP of Internet software and services, tells Billboard that, in total, more than 81 million of Apple’s 500 million global customers “experienced” songs from the album.

“To help put this into perspective, prior to this, 14 million customers had purchased music from U2 since the opening of the iTunes Store in 2003,” Cue tells Billboard.

The physical version of Songs of Innocence, containing 10 bonus tracks not available on the iTunes version, will be released this Tuesday, October 14.

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