The Foo Fighters frontman cares more about fans hearing his music than how much he is paid – a seemingly opposing view to that of Taylor Swift, who believes that musicians should not "undervalue their art" by letting people listen to their songs for free.
"Me personally? I don't f**king care," Grohl told Digital Spy. "That's just me, because I’m playing two nights at Wembley next summer.
"I want people to hear our music, I don't care if you pay $1 or f**king £20 for it, just listen to the f**king song. But I can understand how other people would object to that."
Musicians against Spotify
Musicians against Spotify
1/10 Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift does not what her work to be used as an 'experiment' by Spotify and believes that artists are treated unfairly. She withdrew her entire catalogue in November 2014.
2/10 Thom Yorke
The Radiohead frontman famously described Spotify as 'the last desperate fart of a dying corpse' in October 2013.
3/10 David Byrne
David Byrne of Talking Heads wrote about not understanding Spotify's claim of discovery in a Guardian op-ed. 'The inevitable result would seem to be that the internet will suck the creative content out of the whole world until nothing is left,' he said.
Beck dismissed the Spotify model as 'not working' because of how little it pays musicians. He added that the 'saddest thing' about streaming is the poor sound quality - 'It's like watching Citizen Kane on your phone'.
5/10 The Black Keys
Dan Auerbach has described Spotify's payment to artists as 'so minuscule it's laughable'. 'If you are a bigger band that's already known and you rely on record sales for a living then it's really no place to be,' he said.
6/10 Atoms for Peace
Thom Yorke's other band refused to let Spotify stream their songs. Nigel Godrich from the group described the service as 'an equation that just doesn't work'. 'Small labels and new artists can't even keep their lights on. It's just not right,' he said.
7/10 Yannis Philippakis
The Foals singer said he would rather that somebody stole his record on vinyl than bought it or streamed it on Spotify. He described using Spotify as like going to a top class restaurant and leaving only coppers without paying the bill.
8/10 Aimee Mann
The US singer-songwriter has not put her music on Spotify because she does not think artists make a fair amount of money from the streaming service.
9/10 Grizzly Bear
The band tweeted in 2012 that Spotify provides a great service for people but does as much to help bands as 'downloading from Limewire'.
10/10 Jason Isbell
Jason Isbell of Drive-By Truckers has used the single word 'evil' to describe Spotify.
Grohl also encouraged artists to channel more effort into their live shows like they did "when [he] was young", instead of worrying so much about the "delivery" and "technology" of music.
"You want people to f**king listen to your music? Give them your music and then go play a show," he said. "They like hearing your music? They'll go see a show.
"To me it's that simple and I think it used to work that way. The delivery was completely face to face personal. That's what got people really excited about s**t."
Earlier this week, Foo Fighters announced that they would be coming to the UK as part of their Sonic Highways tour in May and June next year.
The US rockers are also the bookies' favourite to play Glastonbury Festival next summer, despite Grohl insisting that organisers have not called to book them yet.
Meanwhile, Sonic Highways is currently trailing Pink Floyd's final album The Endless River in the UK albums chart.
"If we're going to take a number two to anybody I'll take Pink Floyd. It could be worse," Grohl told the Daily Star, adding that if Cheryl's Only Human had been beating his band he would be "f**king pissed off".Reuse content